A Muslim New Zealand shopkeeper noticed two women chatting in his cafe. He went over to them and decided they were Jewish. After inquiring about their background, he discovered one was an Israeli who was visiting her sister in New Zealand. Mustafa Tekinkaya decided he had to strike a blow for Hamas and the Palestinian people in Gaza so he ordered both women to leave his cafe. Natalie Bennie and Tamara Shefa filed a complaint with the Human Rights Commission that their rights were violated. Can we assume Mr. Tekinkaya decides he doesn’t like gay customers and therefore they must leave his business establishment?
Ironically, Ms. Bennie had her own view of the Israeli invasion of Gaza: ‘I’m not a big supporter of Israel at the moment. But, he didn’t even bother finding out what my opinion was.” The problem with classifying and categorizing people is the inability to grasp that within any group there is divergence of views. The New Zealand Human Rights Commission intends to take action, but Mr. Tekinkaya is unmoved and believes he is absolutely correct. No wonder he supports Hamas.
George Bush used scare tactics to intimidate the American Congress and people in March, 2003 by insisting there was an immediate threat of WMD and something had to be done right away. This mantra has been repeated by other Bush lackeys such as former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. However, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Helen Clark has revealed while she was attending the funeral for the Queen Mother in England in April, 2002, Tony Blair met with Australia’s Prime Minister John Howard, Canada’s Prime Minister Jean Chretien and herself to discuss the possibility for a need to invade Iraq. Clark told the British leader, “I didn’t think that was something New Zealand would want to be involved in, so we never let anyone think that we could go there.” She emphasized her intention of making clear to Blair(and Bush) that her nation was not going to participate in any invasion of Iraq.
The revelation by Helen Clark again raises questions as to whether or not an invasion of Iraq had nothing to do with WMD and everything to do with Bush’s intention of crushing Saddam Hussein. President Bush lied to the American people and Tony Blair lied to the people of Great Britain. That is the bottom line.
New Zeland police are very ‘disturbed” by the decision of the Auckland University Students’ Association offer of $5,000 to anyone who would carry out a citizen’s arrest of visiting US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Superintendent Brett England said anyone who attempts to cross police lines during her visit to Auckland this weekend will be stopped. ‘Operational planning for this visit has been in the making for several months and there are highly effective security measures I please, so I would strongly advise the association representatives who’ve put this challenge out, to withdraw it immediately so as to avoid being caught up in something much bigger than they may have anticipated.”
AUSA president David Do said the arrest would be for her role in “overseeing the illegal invasion and continued occupation of Iraq…. Student associations in New Zealand have a long history of being involved in fighting for global justice, dating back to student involvement in the 1981 anti-Springbok tour protests and the US war in Indochina in the 1960s and 1970s.”
Conventional wisdom is to regard this as a showboat activity on the part of students, but whether by design or inadvertently, the students are raising important issues. Should those in the Bush administration who lied to the American people about reasons for invading Iraq be held responsible in a court of law? Does the International Criminal Court have the right to issue warrants for Bush and his fellow conspirators who caused the death of over 4,000 Americans and the deaths of thousands of Iraqis? If a Serbian murderer can be arrested, why not American murderers?