NZ BDS-Holes Behind WOMAD Boycott Campaign Are Real Pieces of Work

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On Friday I posted about the New Zealand BDS-holes who were calling on organizers of the March 2018 WOMAD festival to dis-invite Victoria Hanna -for the crime of being Israeli.

The scum and villainy who penned the letter are:

  • John Minto
  • Debbie Abbas
  • Roger Fowler
  • Janfrie Wakim

Since I published the post, I have learned more about some of these people. And not surprisingly, they are vile.



John Minto

A veteran “political activist”, Minto has defended burning the Israeli flag.

“I can’t see what the problem is,” Minto said. “Flags have been burnt in demonstrations and protests for hundreds of years so it’s no big deal.”

He has also compared Gaza to the Warsaw ghetto.

Roger Fowler

Roger Fowler is the spokesperson for Kia Ora Gaza, shown to be a hate group.

1. Kia Ora Gaza supports terrorism

Kia Ora Gaza has recently affirmed its support for a third intifada. In other words, it supports thecurrent wave of knife attacks, car rammings and shootings aimed at Israeli civilians; parents murdered in front of their children, a 13 year old boy stabbed on his bike, a Rabbi run down by a car and then hacked to death with a meat cleaver. Kia Ora Gaza justifies all of these attacks as a legitimate response to “occupation”, and considers stabbing an elderly person, or a 13 year-old boy “an act of self defence”.

2. Kia Ora Gaza promotes anti-Semitic libels

The “blood libel” has been used for centuries to justify and incite mob violence and pogroms against Jews.  In the Middle Ages it was said that Jews murdered Christian children for ritual purposes. These days, replace “the Jews” with “Israel” (the Jewish State) and we see a whole new type of blood libel. Many of these are being spread by Kia Ora Gaza. Recently, for example, Kia Ora Gaza has been posting articles with the bizarre and fraudulent accusation that Israel has been harvesting organs from dead Palestinians.

Kia Ora Gaza’s spokesman, Roger Fowler QSM, made the equally preposterous claim on Maori Television that Israel (a thriving democracy) was the model for ISIS (a bloodthirsty group dedicated to worldwide domination), and that Israel “sets the benchmark for barbarism in the region”. In fact, Kia Ora Gaza is only interested in manipulating facts to demonise and incite hatred toward the Jewish state, rather than engaging in any semblance of reasonable debate.

3. Kia Ora Gaza seeks the destruction of Israel

In a recent TV appearance Mr Fowler made it clear that, unlike the vast majority of western governments, the UN, and the parties themselves, Kia Ora Gaza is not in favour of the two-state solution (with an independent Palestinian state existing alongside Israel). Instead it wishes to see asingle state, which would entail the dismantling of the Jewish state, the denial of the Jewish right to self-determination, and very likely another violent catastrophe for the Jewish people. Kia Ora Gaza is not a group committed to a peaceful outcome for both sides, but a group interested only in the destruction of the Jewish homeland.

4. Kia Ora Gaza uses humanitarian aid money for illegal and foolhardy publicity stunts

Kia Ora Gaza this year participated in “Freedom Flotilla III”, an illegal and ill-advised publicity stunt, in which it claimed it was taking “urgently needed medical supplies” to war-ravaged Gaza. Kia Ora Gaza facilitated a journalist and cameraman from Maori TV to particpate in the Flotilla and record the inevitable confrontation with Israeli forces. It later transpired that the “aid” on board the ship consisted of one nebuliser and one solar-panel.

If Kia Ora Gaza actually cared about its primary aim of “delivering aid to Gaza” and distributing aid, it could have (at a fraction of the cost and without the risk) sent supplies in one of the hundreds of trucks carrying aid sent every day from Israel into Gaza. But Kia Ora Gaza is not nearly as interested in humanitarian aid as it is in pushing an extreme ideological agenda.

Janfrie Wakim

Wakim supports terrorism (which she calls ‘resistance’); she thinks the palestinians should not show “restraint.”

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