New Zealand

Israel posts Arab envoy to Wellington

By Dan Goldberg, April 26, 2012

An Arab Druze professor has been appointed Israel's chief diplomat in New Zealand.

Hebrew Literature Professor Naim Araidi was appointed by Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, Yediot Aharonot reported on Sunday.

"After years of representing Israel unofficially, it would be a great privilege for me to do so in an official capacity and show Israel's beautiful side, as well as the co-existence

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Quake victims 'spied for Mossad'

By Dan Goldberg, July 21, 2011

The Jewish community in New Zealand has reacted angrily to explosive allegations that Israeli backpackers caught in the massive earthquake earlier this year may have been involved in espionage.

The allegations were made by the Southland Times newspaper on Wednesday, drawing an irate response from Israel's ambassador to New Zealand, Shemi Tzur, who attacked them as "science fiction".

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Israeli backpacker in Christchurch quake accused of being spy

By Dan Goldberg, July 20, 2011

The Jewish community in New Zealand has reacted angrily to explosive allegations that Israeli backpackers caught in the massive earthquake earlier this year may have been involved in espionage.

The allegations were broken by the Southland Times newspaper on Wednesday, drawing an irate response from Israel's ambassador to New Zealand, Shemi Tzur, who blasted it as "science fiction".

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Bnei Akiva backs Christchurch quake fundraiser

By Jennifer Lipman, March 3, 2011

British Bnei Akiva is supporting the movement's international fundraising appeal in aid of the Jewish community of Canterbury, following the devastating earthquake in Christchurch last week.

Bnei Akiva, which has two New Zealand groups, launched the appeal to provide immediate assistance for the 250 Canterbury Hebrew Congregation members.

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Three Israelis among rising New Zealand quake death toll

By Jennifer Lipman, March 1, 2011

Two more Israelis have been confirmed dead a week after the New Zealand city of Christchurch was struck by a devastating earthquake.

The death toll from the quake, which measured 6.3 on the Richter scale, has climbed to more than 150 with the discovery of the bodies of two tourists from the Israeli town of Rehovot.

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Jewish centre wrecked in New Zealand quake

By Dan Goldberg, February 24, 2011

An Israeli backpacker is among the rising number of dead following an earthquake that devastated the city of Christchurch on New Zealand's South Island, killing at least 75 people and razing many buil

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Israeli tourist among dead in Christchurch earthquake

By Jennifer Lipman, February 22, 2011

An Israeli backpacker is understood to be among the estimated 65 people killed by the earthquake that struck the New Zealand city of Christchurch last night.

The man, who was travelling with three friends, was in a car when the 6.3 magnitude quake struck and caused a building to collapse on top of it.

An official from Israel’s Foreign Ministry said there could be as many as 150 Israelis in the area, which is a popular spot for tourists.

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Christchurch earthquake hits Jewish centre

By Jennifer Lipman, February 22, 2011

A Jewish centre was among the buildings damaged by a devastating earthquake in New Zealand.

There are also concerns that an Israeli tourist was among the estimated 65 people killed when the 6.3 magnitude tremor hit New Zealand’s second city.

The earthquake also hit Christchurch’s Chabad headquarters, leaving those inside just minutes to escape outside as the building collapsed.

Christchurch, which is home to a small Jewish community and one synagogue, is a popular spot for Israeli backpackers, who take advantage of the Chabad facilities in the city.

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The 'tefillin terrorist' and a scare on a New Zealand ferry

By Jennifer Lipman, December 13, 2010

Armed police forced a religious Israeli man to his knees and took him away for questioning after passengers on a New Zealand ferry mistook his tefillin boxes for an explosive device.

The man and a friend were later freed without charge, after police realised that they were not a terrorist threat and were merely observing Jewish practice.

An elite police unit was called in when another passenger saw the man strapping the leather boxes to his arm and alerted crewmembers.

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Expensive fight for just 2,000 chickens

By Dan Goldberg, December 2, 2010

Chicken soup – the sine qua non for Jews worldwide – is still on the menu for New Zealand's small Jewish community after Agriculture Minister David Carter backed down from his controversial ban on shechitah last Friday.

At face value, it's a victory for all diaspora Jewish communities against those who are trying to ban shechitah on the grounds of animal rights. But because the court case never happened, the case for kosher slaughter is no more robust – and no more humane, for that matter – this week than it was last week.

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