There were blog reports last week that Maori Party MP Hone Harawira referred to “the Jews” instead of Israel in the debate last week on Lebanon. I held off bloging this, as it was based on an unofficial translation.
However looking at the Maori Party official site this morning we read:
that acts of murder by the Jews be stopped
Could you imagine the uproar if an MP referred to “acts of murder by the Muslims” in reference to something a predominantly Islamic country did?
That statement by Harawira borders on anti-semitic in my opinion. By substituting “Jews” for “Israel” he is promoting hostility towards all those of the Jewish faith. Maybe an enterprising journalist could ring him up and asked him why he expressed it that way.