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Nov
5
Sun
AUCKLAND: Documentary premiere screening: Whose Land? @ Westlake Boys High School Auditorium
Nov 5 @ 6:30 PM

You are invited by the Zionist Federation of New Zealand, and the Christians for Israel to the Auckland premiere of the documentary “Whose Land? Part 1: Foundations”

A century after the Balfour Declaration of November 1917, the argument over the land – then known as Palestine – rages on.

Politicians, Clerics, school teachers living in the Gaza strip, the West Bank and the Old City of Jerusalem, teach their children, teenagers and young adults that the Balfour Declaration was illegal, and that the whole of the land – now known as Israel – in fact belongs to the Arab people who known today as the Palestinians.

The Palestinian claim goes on to assert that the Jewish people have no historic connection with Jerusalem, that they are in fact trying to judaize the Holy City and that the Jewish presence there is illegal.

Moreover this claim is now becoming widely accepted among many in the Western world.  So what historical and legal claim do the Palestinian Arabs have over Jerusalem and the Land of Israel?

Do the Jewish people have historic and legal rights?  If so, when and where did they originate?

In the first of a two-part documentary “Whose Land?” Richard Kemp, together with a group of historians and international lawyers, examine the conflicting claims of the Palestinians and the Israelis through the eyes of verifiable history and international law.

Presented by Col Richard Kemp CBE (ret’d).  Produced and directed by Hugh Kitson.

Following the film there will be a Q&A with Fraser Hudson (co-producer of Whose Land?) and Andrew Tucker (legal expert in International Law) who is interviewed in the movie.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER

Colonel Richard Kemp CBE is a retired British Army officer who served from 1977 to 2006. He was Commander of British Forces Afghanistan, an infantry battalion Commanding Officer, worked for the Joint Intelligence Committee and COBR and completed 14 operational tours of duty around the globe.

Kemp testified before the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict, denying allegations that Israel engaged in war crimes and crimes against humanity during the Gaza War in December 2008 to January 2009. Kemp based his assessment on publicly available information from both sides, press reports and his 30-year experience of counter-terrorism operations and planning.[22] In June 2009, Kemp wrote “HAMAS, THE GAZA WAR AND ACCOUNTABILITY UNDER INTERNATIONAL LAW” for the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. In this paper, Kemp accused Hamas of deploying women and children as suicide attackers, and wrote that “women and children are trained and equipped to fight, collect intelligence and ferry arms and ammunition between battles”.

In October 2009, Kemp made a presentation to the United Nations Human Rights Council in response to the introduction of the Goldstone report in which Israel and Hamas were accused of war crimes and possible crimes against humanity during the Gaza War. Kemp spoke to the UN HRC on behalf of UN Watch.[24] Kemp said: “Of course innocent civilians were killed. War is chaos and full of mistakes. There have been mistakes by the British, American and other forces in Afghanistan and in Iraq, many of which can be put down to human error. But mistakes are not war crimes… Based on my knowledge and experience, I can say this: during Operation Cast Lead, the Israeli Defense Forces did more to safeguard the rights of civilians in the combat zones than any other army in the history of warfare.”

On 11 March 2015, Richard Kemp visited the University of Sydney in Sydney, New South Wales to deliver a lecture on “Ethical Dilemmas of Military Tactics” and the complexities in dealing with violent non-state actors like ISIL. This lecture was interrupted by a group of pro-Palestinian demonstrators led by Associate-Professor Jake Lynch, the Director of the University’s Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies. Following a heated exchange between the protesters and audience members, the pro-Palestinian protesters were evicted by security guards. In response to the incident, Richard Kemp wrote a letter to the University of Sydney criticising Lynch’s behavior and accusing the latter of anti-Semitism. The University of Sydney has since commenced an investigation into the incident.

Nov
9
Thu
WELLINGTON: Nov 9: Kristallnacht Concert @ St James Theatre
Nov 9 @ 6:30 PM

The Holocaust Centre of New Zealand invites you to an evening of Chamber Music hosted by Inbal Megiddo & Donald Maurice, with performances by members of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, New Zealand School of Music and the Druzýa Quartet (Winners of the National Chamber Music New Zealand 2017 Contest).

They have put together an excellent selection of music written in ghettos, concentration camps and post-war. Pieces include the Ballad of Mauthausen and a Jazz tribute to Coco Schumann, one of the founding members of the Ghetto Swingers jazz group formed within Theresienstadt concentration camp. Several of the pieces performed tonight will be New Zealand premieres.

Running times:
Doors 6:30pm
Main Act 7:00pm
Interval 8:00pm
Finish time 9:30pm
(please note all times are approximate and subject to change)

Nov
11
Sat
CHRISTCHURCH: Sausage Sizzle: Saturday November 11 @ Bunnings Warehouse -- Shirley
Nov 11 @ 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

SausageSizzleWe’re holding a sausage sizzle at Shirley Bunnings on Marshland Road.

Each sausage sizzle has been a wonderful opportunity to meet the public, raise awareness of Israel, the Middle East and Jewish culture.

The funds will go toward furthering Holocaust Education and fighting racial intolerance.

If you can help out for a morning or afternoon, then feel free to email Rebecca Marchand, our Secretary, on rebecca.marchand@nzfoi.org or call her on (021) 0224 2515.

Nov
12
Sun
CHRISTCHURCH: Documentary premiere screening: Whose Land? @ Harmony Church
Nov 12 @ 2:00 PM

You are invited to a the Christchurch premiere of the documentary “Whose Land Part 1: Foundations”?

A century after the Balfour Declaration of November 1917, the argument over the land – then known as Palestine – rages on.

Politicians, Clerics, school teachers living in the Gaza strip, the West Bank and the Old City of Jerusalem, teach their children, teenagers and young adults that the Balfour Declaration was illegal, and that the whole of the land – now known as Israel – in fact belongs to the Arab people who known today as the Palestinians.

The Palestinian claim goes on to assert that the Jewish people have no historic connection with Jerusalem, that they are in fact trying to judaize the Holy City and that the Jewish presence there is illegal.

Moreover this claim is now becoming widely accepted among many in the Western world.  So what historical and legal claim do the Palestinian Arabs have over Jerusalem and the Land of Israel?

Do the Jewish people have historic and legal rights?  If so, when and where did they originate?

In the first of a two-part documentary “Whose Land?” Richard Kemp, together with a group of historians and international lawyers, examine the conflicting claims of the Palestinians and the Israelis through the eyes of verifiable history and international law.

Presented by Col Richard Kemp CBE (ret’d).  Produced and directed by Hugh Kitson.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER

Colonel Richard Kemp CBE is a retired British Army officer who served from 1977 to 2006. He was Commander of British Forces Afghanistan, an infantry battalion Commanding Officer, worked for the Joint Intelligence Committee and COBR and completed 14 operational tours of duty around the globe.

Kemp testified before the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict, denying allegations that Israel engaged in war crimes and crimes against humanity during the Gaza War in December 2008 to January 2009. Kemp based his assessment on publicly available information from both sides, press reports and his 30-year experience of counter-terrorism operations and planning.[22] In June 2009, Kemp wrote “HAMAS, THE GAZA WAR AND ACCOUNTABILITY UNDER INTERNATIONAL LAW” for the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. In this paper, Kemp accused Hamas of deploying women and children as suicide attackers, and wrote that “women and children are trained and equipped to fight, collect intelligence and ferry arms and ammunition between battles”.

In October 2009, Kemp made a presentation to the United Nations Human Rights Council in response to the introduction of the Goldstone report in which Israel and Hamas were accused of war crimes and possible crimes against humanity during the Gaza War. Kemp spoke to the UN HRC on behalf of UN Watch.[24] Kemp said: “Of course innocent civilians were killed. War is chaos and full of mistakes. There have been mistakes by the British, American and other forces in Afghanistan and in Iraq, many of which can be put down to human error. But mistakes are not war crimes… Based on my knowledge and experience, I can say this: during Operation Cast Lead, the Israeli Defense Forces did more to safeguard the rights of civilians in the combat zones than any other army in the history of warfare.”

On 11 March 2015, Richard Kemp visited the University of Sydney in Sydney, New South Wales to deliver a lecture on “Ethical Dilemmas of Military Tactics” and the complexities in dealing with violent non-state actors like ISIL. This lecture was interrupted by a group of pro-Palestinian demonstrators led by Associate-Professor Jake Lynch, the Director of the University’s Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies. Following a heated exchange between the protesters and audience members, the pro-Palestinian protesters were evicted by security guards. In response to the incident, Richard Kemp wrote a letter to the University of Sydney criticising Lynch’s behavior and accusing the latter of anti-Semitism. The University of Sydney has since commenced an investigation into the incident.

Dec
12
Tue
Chanukah (Festival of Dedication a.k.a. Festival of Lights)
Dec 12 @ 9:00 PM – Dec 20 @ 9:00 PM