Do Jews feel safe in New Zealand?

NZ First have released a policy on immigration that means immigrants have to adhere to New Zealand?s tolerant values. The policy includes protecting the practicing of religious faiths, and is clearly a message that if you are an immigrant and hate jews and threaten them you are not welcome in New Zealand.

This has led to a couple of Jewish people arguing on Clayton Mitchell’s Facebook Page.

This shows the difference between the older generation of New Zealand Jews and the younger generation. The older generation were happy keeping their heads down, staying out of trouble and staying out of the way. This approach served them well for many decades because there were so few Jewish people and so few people who hated them in New Zealand.

In the last ten years or so this has changed. There?is a population of immigrants as well as left-wing New Zealanders who are openly hostile and antisemitic. They may hide behind hatred of Israel, but this just gives their antisemitism a cloak of respectability.

Jewish schools and synagogues now have security guards. This is in response to real threats, not because the Jewish community wants to spend money on security for the sake of it. Times have changed, and even if New Zealand?s Jewish community is not currently talking about having to emigrate, it is not hard to see that this will come.

The reason it is not hard to see talk of Jewish emigration to avoid security risks and persecution is because it is exactly what is happening in other previously tolerant countries like Britain and France. The attacks on Jews in France in 2015 made French Jews increasingly vote for Marine Le Pen, whose father was thrown out of her party for being antisemitic. In Britain Jeremy Corbyn has spent the summer refusing to acknowledge how British Jews are extremely worried about his antisemitism and actively discussing having to leave.

This gets back to the original point. If Jews felt safe in New Zealand they would not have to have security at their schools and synagogues.

Sources inside New Zealand First are saying that New Zealand?s younger generation of Jews have seen what has happened in other countries, and they do not want it to happen here.