Auckland Memorial Museum Abuses The Memory of the Holocaust
A few weeks back, the Auckland Memorial Museum was targeted by Israel-haters following their decision to light up the building in blue and white in solidarity with the victims of the Oct 7 Hamas massacre.
Thankfully, they stood firm and steadfast in the face of these voices of evil.
Just kidding. The cowards apologized.
The Jewish community rightly felt betrayed:
The Jewish Council says events around Auckland Museum are ‘distressing’.
The Museum lit up with the colours of the Israeli flag last night, intending to express hope for peace.
It’s since apologised for offence caused, after a Pro-Palestinian protest outside the building.
Council spokesperson Juliet Moses says the apology feels like a betrayal.
“My community is feeling very much in pain, very much in shock- for them to make this lovely statement of solidarity and then to apologise really does just compound that pain.”
Also remember the words by the Museum chief executive David Reeves: “Our approach was wrong, and I personally apologise for the distress and hurt caused to members of our community.”
Because this happened:
Pro-Palestine protesters covered the lights at Auckland Museum with red and green cellophane and illuminated the building in the colours of the Palestine flag last night.
The protest was attended by around 100 people, who were encouraged to “bring keffiyehs, flags, cars, posters and voices” in a social media post that went up shortly before the gathering in front of the Auckland Museum.
Since the Museum wasn’t willing to light up in the Palestinian colours, we did it ourselves. Free Palestine is the forever motto. 🇵🇸🇵🇸 pic.twitter.com/VihQc7s0fD— KHADIJA (@Kdijii) November 7, 2023
Police said they had a “presence at the Auckland War Memorial Museum last night from around 7pm, after reports that over 100 people had gathered to protest.”
They found “no offending was occurring and left the scene just before 9.30pm”.
The museum confirmed the Pro-Palestine protest had occurred but would not comment further.
“We can confirm that a number of people covered the museum’s lights yesterday evening. If you are seeking further comment, please contact NZ Police,” a spokesperson said in a statement.
As the Israel Institute of NZ tweeted:
There will always be evil in our world. What is more upsetting is that @aucklandmuseum knew about the planned stunt and chose to leave the lights on, not increase security, and make no comment.— Israel Institute of NZ (@IsraelInstNZ) November 7, 2023
The board is not fit to be custodians of the memory of the Holocaust or the soldiers… https://t.co/GUGK5BY23h
Historical artefacts from the Shoah, provided by the Holocaust Center, are on display at the Auckland Museum. This conduct of theirs shows just how unfit they are to be custodians of the memory of the Holocaust.
Hat tip: Andrew