Indigenous People Supporting Another Indigenous People

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On Sunday in New Zealand, indigenous solidarity reached a crescendo in as the Northland Ngapuhi hosted Israeli Ambassador, HE Dr Itzhak Gerberg, for a powerful Powhiri and Hakari Banquet. Held at the Kohewhata Marae in Kaikohe, Northland, the “Heart to Heart Powhiri” held in Māori tradition included a ceremony, songs and performances by local groups.

The purpose was to make “a clear stand” and embrace Israel further tightening the bonds between the Māori and Israel, “reconciling whenua to whenua – with Tangata whenua!”



Meanwhile, the following happened a few months ago:

It is so heartening to see this – an indigenous people showing solidarity with another one across the world – especially when others attempt to erase history and deny the indigenous status of the Jewish people in the land of Israel.

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An Aussie immigrant to Israel, David Lange is founder and managing editor of Israellycool. He is a happy family man, and a lover of steak, Australian sports and single malt whisky.