Saturday, June 22

NZ Indigenous Organisation Leads Opening of Indigenous Embassy in Jerusalem

Kua tuwhera te “Aka Aorere mo ngāiwi taketake” i te whenua o Iharaira’

Nāte Koromatua Kaitiriwā, na Fleur Hassan-Nahoum tēnei kaupapa i matakı̄rea whai tahi me te mana motuhake o Iharaira.

Ko te Aka Aorere o Hiruharama he kaupapa whaiao.

E whakaaro tautoko ana ngāreo taketake o Taiwan, o Te Moana Nui, me ngāariki o ngāiwi taketake o AHmerika me AHwherika ki te tai tonga.

E ai ki te kaiwhakahaere o tēnei kaupapa ki a Tākuta Sheree Trotter o Te Arawa, ko ngākorero kua rangona ki te ao e whakapae ana, “Na te iwi Hūrae i takahı̄, i tāmi, i muru whenua, i pana atu ngāPalestinians.”. Engari ki tāTakuta Trotter e mārama ana te nuingāo tātou ko ngāHūrae, te mana whenua, te ahi kāo Iharaira. Neke atu i te toru mano tau e nōhia ana tēnei whenua e ngāHūrae.

Kua eke tēnei ki te wāki te whakarewa, ki te whakamana i te “ Aka Aorere”. Mā konei e puta ai te rongo ki te ao e tūkōtahi ana ngāiwi taketake o te ao. E taituarāana i tēnei kaupapa e whakamana ana e tautoko, e whakaruru e haumaru ana i te iwi Hūrae i ngāwhakawhiu, i ngāwero pakanga a te hoariri a te kūware.

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Te Aka Aorere mōngāIwi Taketake o Hiruharama.

Greg Motu (left), Jerusalem Deputy Mayor Fleur Hassan-Nahoum, Bradford Haami, and Selina Haami (right) meeting to discuss the idea of establishing an Indigenous Embassy in Jerusalem. October 2023, Friends of Zion Museum

Indigenous Coalition For Israel is pleased to announce the opening of an indigenous embassy in Jerusalem. Jerusalem’s Deputy Mayor Fleur Hassan-Nahoum, who spearheaded the initiative along with the ICFI said, “We are grateful to the ICFI leadership for pursuing this initiative, especially during a time of war. The Jewish people are the indigenous people of the land of Israel and so we are thrilled with the support of the global first people’s community”.

Indigenous Embassy Jerusalem will be hosted at the beautiful Friends of Zion Museum in central Jerusalem. Founder of the FoZ Museum, Dr Mike Evans, said, “I congratulate ICFI on the decision to open an embassy in Jerusalem and thank them for their support in Israel, especially in these times”.

Indigenous Embassy Jerusalem is an international project and opens with strong expressions of support from indigenous leaders from around the world: Singapore, Taiwan, Samoa, American Samoa, Hawaii, Tahiti, New Caledonia, Solomon Islands, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Cook Islands, Tonga, Fiji, New Zealand, Native American chiefs and paramount chiefs from Southern Africa.

According to ICFI co-founder and historian, embassy director Dr Sheree Trotter, ‘Antisemitism has seen a disturbing and unprecedented rise in the weeks since 7 October. One of the falsehoods underlying the surge in antisemitism is the narrative that Jews are “foreign colonizers who have oppressed and dispossessed the indigenous Palestinians”. Many indigenous peoples reject this historical revisionism and recognise the Jewish people as indigenous to the land of Israel. Further, many view Israel as a truly inspirational expression of self-determination in ancestral homelands.’
‘We believe this is the right time to launch the embassy in order to send a strong message of solidarity from indigenous peoples around the world, that we recognise the Jews as indigenous to Israel and stand with her in her struggle against forces that seek her annihilation.’
‘IEJ will become a hub for indigenous peoples visiting Israel and a tangible expression of their support. IEJ will also support and promulgate the academic work being undertaken to respond to false narratives.’

IEJ will not purport to be an official representative of any of the governments of the host nations of the respective indigenous peoples. It will engage in educational and cultural initiatives and mutually beneficial collaborative projects.

IEJ will foster relationships with Israel, promote understanding and fight antisemitism. A formal inaugural event will be held on 1 February at Friends of Zion Museum.