Anti-Israeli paranoia in New Zealand

A guest post by AKUS

There seems to be no real news from Israel these days of any import. Oh, the Guardian will scratch up a little article about a tent city in Tel Aviv and try to connect it to the Arab disaster – I mean, Arab Spring – but otherwise – nothing of any importance.

You have to go to the end of the world, literally, to get a taste of the utter lunacy of anti-Israeli – not to mention clear indications of anti-Semitic – attitudes.   We’ve had Mossad sharks, Mossad vultures, Mossad hit teams in Dubai – now we have wild accusations worthy of any Arab country of a clandestine Mossad team operating in New Zealand to … do … well, none of the Hobbits down there seems to know exactly what.  

The New Zealand Herald is running column after column of “revelations”  (“nzherald.co.nz will keep across the latest developments” – whatever that means), and a running blog on “developments” (there are not any, of course – the story has broken months after the earthquake)  in true Guardian style, based on a breathless report by a local paper called “The Southland Times” (and I doubt one can get any more “southern” than that) that one of the Israelis killed in the Christchurch earthquake carried five (or four, or more than five) passports and three Israelis that survived shortly left the country. There is even a Guardian-style video clip of the NZ PM, John Keys, clumsily refusing to discuss the matter on the grounds of “national security”! 78% of the Herald’s readers seem to believe that Israeli is running spies in NZ for who knows what purpose!

The basis for the belief that the four were Mossad agents and there was some threat to New Zealand’s security (who knew that NZ has security issues?) appears to be derived from the following long set of conspiratorial leaps:

1.  The Israeli who was crushed to death in the earthquake, Binyamin Mizrahi, was found to have five (or maybe four or maybe more than five) passports on him. The fact that it is not illegal to have multiple passports seems to cut no ice with the NZ Herald and some of its readers who commented on the issue, or some politicians.

Green Party MP Keith Locke has called for the New Zealand Police and SIS to make public their assessment of whether Mossad agents have been operating in New Zealand and whether security has been compromised.
“We need to know why a young Israeli, Benyamin Mizrahi, killed in the Christchurch earthquake, was carrying five or more passports, and whether he was assessed to be a Mossad agent,” said Locke.

Even more suspiciously for the paranoid sheep herders of NZ, sometimes the papers refer to the dead Israeli as Binyamin Mizrahi, and sometime Ofer Mizrahi and sometime Ofer Binyamin Mizrahi – who needs more proof than THAT??

2.  The three Israelis traveling with Mizrahi who survived when the car they were in was crushed and Mizrahi was killed – left the country. Or, as the NZ Herald prefers to sensationalize it, “quickly fled the country within 12 hours of the quake.” Apparently what is really suspicious is they left soon after surviving the earthquake. One wonders what they were supposed to do – carry on with their trip and visit the sights?  If they had stayed on a week or so, shell-shocked from the earthquake, with all their possessions destroyed – would this have allayed the Kiwis’ suspicions and fears?

3.  Benjamin Netanyahu called the NZ PM several times to inquire after the fate of the then missing Israelis, and offer condolences. Apparently, had he only called once, or never, this would have been considered normal, but calling four times (only getting through to PM John Key once according to Key) and his concern for missing Israelis is a strong indication that the Israelis were Mossad agents. To allay the Hobbits’ fears Netanyahu should have exhibited the callousness of PMs and Presidents of other countries who apparently never bothered to try to find out what happened to their citizens.

4.  Israel swiftly sent in a team of trained search and rescue experts. This too, is considered to be a clear admission that the Israelis were Mossad agents, and the team was there for some nefarious purpose. It could not possibly be another example of Israeli’s willingness to provide speedy assistance even unto the ends of the earth when speed is of the essence to save lives. Had the team delayed for a few weeks till there was no hope of rescuing anyone, apparently this might have allayed the small-town fears of the New Zealand population . Or, as we have learned from Haiti, no good Israeli deed goes unpunished.

5.  Moreover, the team was not “accredited“ as it was sent by concerned Israeli parents and members were found risking their lives in the most dangerous area of Christchurch called the Red Zone. What could be clearer than that as an example of Israelis seeking to find missing Mossad agents in Christchurch? If they had stayed in the safe areas, perhaps we could assume that they would not have been searching for Mossad agents who, for all the NZ Herald seems to know, may have triggered the earthquake with a pocket-sized nuclear device in order to destroy Christchurch.

6.  The report initially claimed that the Israel search and rescue team was firmly evicted from the Red Zone by New Zealand’s Security Intelligence Service when “the activities of several Israelis in the aftermath of the quake raised the suspicions of the Security Intelligence Service (SIS)”. Except that now the NZ Defence Force has denied the whole story:

 “The New Zealand Defence Force has denied that SAS troops were issued ammunition and deployed into the Christchurch Earthquake “red zone” in connection with an unaccredited Israeli rescue squad.”

Of course, like the denials that the Twin Towers were brought down by the Mossad, this will only reinforce the conspiracy nuts’ belief that in fact the Mossad was operating there, and that the NZDF is really nothing but a local branch of the IDF. All we are missing is for the NZ equivalent of Baroness Tonge to claim the Israeli teams was there to harvest Kiwi organs and the story will be complete.

7.  Next there is a claim that the Israelis infiltrated NZ police files for some unknown and therefore deeply suspicious purpose. Green Party MP Locke again:

“We also need more information as to why the SIS thought the Police computer may have been compromised.”

Clearly this lunatic believes that Israel has a deep interest the files of the NZ police force. But perhaps not everyone in New Zealand shares his belief. For example – the editor of the paper that who broke the story back-pedaled:

9.18am Fred Tulett, the editor of the Southland Times, told Radio New Zealand’s Morning Report the SIS investigation was based on “suspicion, rather than certainty.”

“My information is that … the SIS later became suspicious that they could have had the opportunity to access the police national computer. So they organised an audit of the computer system to find out whether or not they could find anything embedded in that. Again, it’s suspicion, rather than certainty.”

But Mr. Tullet feels no need to stop the presses such for a “suspicion”. Sadly for him, shortly afterwards  we have:

10.55am New Zealand police have issued the following press release regarding reports the police national computer may have been accessed by Mossad:

NZ Police is confident its computer systems and the information stored in them are secure.
Acting Chief Information Officer Murray Mitchell says police systems are subject to regular security audits and intrusion checks.
…  we are confident that our data and network were not compromised during the Christchurch Earthquake response or subsequently,” Mr. Mitchell said.

8.  But the clincher is the clear belief expressed in the usual coded fashion in below-the-line comments of the global Jewish conspiracy and that PM John Key, whose mother was an Austrian Jew who fled to New Zealand, is in the pocket of the Israel and its stooge, the USA thanks to his Jewish heritage. The NZ Herald claims to moderate its BTL comments- but you be the judge of the following excerpts and clips:

“But he’s [John Keys]  in the States at the moment and doesn’t want to upset one of Israel’s staunchest allies. You’re meant to be New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Mr Key, not a puppet.

“Well said. It’s about time more New Zealnders realised that John Key is a puppet of those with connections and does not represent the honestly of the everyday kiwi.”

“So given these facts yes, I am concerned that there’s a likelihood of Israeli spies (Mossad agents) infiltrating New Zealand, thereby threatening our security as a sovereign nation, particularly as one Israeli killed in Christchurch in February, was found to have five passports in his possession!”

Since not all Kiwis are mad, in fairness let me end with this comment, which pretty much sums up the whole thing:

27 replies »

  1. amusing to say the least. as if new zealand has anything of real value to israeli intelligence. all this is simply fear-mongering. like the bogus dog killing story, israel organ harvesting, etc…etc…this will go down again as yet another unproven but of course uncorrected story in the industry of anti-israel rhetoric.

    but really, it just makes new zealand look bad. does that state really want to be lumped alongside britain? really? perhaps new zealand’s irrelevancy – in global affairs that is – inspires leaders to maybe oh i dunno latch on to israel.

    israel is the center of world attention. new zealand is rarely if ever talked about. talk about attention whores. amirite?

    • Sure sounds like New Zealanders crave the spotlight i.e. international news, or perhaps wish to bring attention back to the earthquake disaster and thus, what better way of doing that then to mention Israel. Throw in the word “Mossad” and you are guaranteed world-wide attention. Here are a few more names they can add by this evening to keep this “news” on a roll: “Palestinians”, “Gaza”, “West Bank” and “occupiers”.

    • we have plenty to offer mossad including clean safe passports and a sympathetic P.M. (are u aware J Keye is NZs 3rd jewish PM) Mossad also have a history with attempting ( and prob succeeding) to obtain NZ passports. Good to see that anti Zionist/israel isnt being equated (by most) with anti jewish

  2. The Guardian has a lengthy piece about this. It features the suggestive headline “Israeli spy claims over Christchurch earthquake” but later cites the PM as saying there was no evidence of subterfuge. It’s a complete non-story.
    NZ has seen a high-profile fake passports story before, of course, i.e. the French intelligence agency in connection with the sinking of the Rainbow Warrior.

    • I guess the old saying “you couldn’t make this up” does not apply to the Guardian or its wanna-be look-alike the NZ Herald. If there’s no news, that will make it up.

      Look at the clip on the Herald’s site of Key being interviewed by some pathetic Kiwi ace-reporters. They’ve even copied the Guardian’s blue video intro!

      Sad really – I’m sure NZ needs those Israeli shekels for its tourist trade, and this is not going to increase tourism from Israel.

  3. We do the world a favour. Who would they suspect and gossip about if there were no Israelis?

  4. Latest update on the Mossad scandal in NZ from no less than the BBC:


    New Zealand’s prime minister has denied that a group of Israelis caught up in the devastating Christchurch earthquake in February had links to the Israeli secret service Mossad.

    (Well, he would deny it, wouldn’t he, being a crypto-Jewish Mossad agent himself).

    There was no evidence that the group had Mossad links, he added.

    He confirmed however that Mizrahi was found to have two passports – one European and one Israeli.

    Oh dear – not four passports, not five, not more than five.

    Two passports. Like so many Israelis and so many others.

    What an incredible example of small-town paranoia, fear of anyone different, and the reach of the anti-Israeli fervor that has gripped the world. What a sad reflection on a country which could not even graciously receive aid generously offered.

    Anyway, as I always think, there are a lot of advantages to some people thinking that the Mossad has super-human powers.

  5. I found the comments quite sickening. The anti-Israel ones just ploughed ahead on the received assumption that the “spy” claims were accurate. And anything that John Keys said was dismissed as “well, he would say that, wouldn’t he?”. With that kind of circular argument, as with the comment you cited above about warning about potential antisemitic attacks on cemeteries etc., you just can’t find a way out.

    These people do not want to be reasoned out of their prejudices. They simply do not want to be confused with facts.

    • “These people do not want to be reasoned out of their prejudices”

      Very true. I think David Mamet had it spot on with that recent article–it’s like when you watch a movie or a play and the person next to you starts pointing out the holes in the plot. You don’t go, “Oh, you’re absolutely correct, this story’s total rubbish!” you go, “Shut up and let me watch the movie.” (Well, I don’t myself, I’m far too polite for that… but you get the point.)

      • cba

        “These people do not want to be reasoned out of their prejudices”
        it seems this statement works both ways, some sensible people weigh up the evidence (some of which is historical) and develop thier own opinions some (and who r they, that they know what mossads upto) spout retoric. If you can put your hand on heart and swear by Jehovah that ‘mossad have never broken the law in NZ’ (however justified mossad may be for doing so) then ur either thick or will be spending eternity somewhere warm

    • every one in NZ can vote(if ther 18+), get a passport, come and go as they please and be citizens of thier own country. Can israel say the same?

  6. And what’s the big deal anyway about Israel possibly having spies in NZ? The US has spies active in the UK, and vice versa.

    • Indeed, I think most major nations or those with “quality” intelligence branches have spies situated all over the world.

  7. … a clandestine Mossad team operating in New Zealand to … do … well, none of the Hobbits down there seems to know exactly what.

    What the Mossad operative were doing in NZ?

    Pretyy obvious. Tried to steal some the organs of the deceased Shrek in order to investigate the secret of the most intelligent New Zealander.
    The 16-year-old sheep had a high-profile career. He met then Prime Minister Helen Clark….
    Josie Spillane of Cure Kids said over the years Shrek had raised more than $150,000 (£75,000) for the charity, which funded research into life-threatening illnesses.

    “At the end of the day, it is the death of an iconic Kiwi. He just happens to be a sheep,” she told the Southland Times.

    Local reports said a memorial service would be held for Shrek at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Tekapo, and that his owner planned to place a bronze statue of the sheep in the local town.

    • There is absolutely nothing worth spying on in NZ.Living amongst so many sheep can you blame them for being paranoid…..

  8. Guys,

    Spies, (new recruits) need to have a ground in which they are practice the ways of mingling.

    saying that, it is highly unlikely a new recruit will carry those passports with him / her at the time.

    Now let’s look at the case:

    Mizrachi is a Sepharadi name.
    Mizrachi, from memory, served in an elite unit and not inteligence.

    He is highly unlikely to have more than 3 passports considering his father side would have lost their nationality after fleeing Arab countries.

    To me it is possible he was faking passports to find jobs over sees and sadly met his fate in the earth quake.
    but from saying this and getting the Israeli government involved as well as brushing the all of Israelis in the same tar is a long way.

    No one says all Qiwis are bad because some are bad, so why do the same about Israelis?

  9. The reason people are hesitant about the possiblity of Mossad spies working in New Zealand is because the country has provided passports for asylum seekers who are considered politically sensitive, and also the public was not allowed complete information on the incident when it arose in the newspapers last week.

    New Zealand does not have a dialogue of ‘anti-Israeli paranoia’ – there is coverage of the IDF’s murderous occupation of their enemies in the Mediterranean in our news, and news items have appeared in the past two years regarding stolen identities (Passports) in connection with Israel.

    • there is coverage of the IDF’s murderous occupation of their enemies in the Mediterranean in our news,

      Any coverage of the Mossad trained sharks?
      I have the impression, some of the recreational stuff you are using made of sheepshit. Contact your dealer urgently..

  10. “New Zealand does not have a dialogue of ‘anti-Israeli paranoia’ – there is coverage of the IDF’s murderous occupation of their enemies in the Mediterranean in our news”

    Hahahahahahahahaha! Too funny… you can’t make this stuff up.

    So tell me, Marcus, who in “the Mediterranean” is being occupied by the IDF? I’ll even settle for an answer to the question “who with coastline on the Mediterranean is being occupied by the IDF?”

    As for “murderous”–you must have led a very sheltered life.

  11. My previous comment was supposed to be in reply to Marcus ‘murderous’ Devon. It appears I neglected to click Reply before typing.

  12. Two mossad agents were convicted in 2004 in New Zealand for obtaining real New Zealand passports by stealing the identities of our citizens. It would be fair to say that we are slightly sensitive to it happening again. The biggest U.S. congressional delegation ever to visit New Zealand was also in Christchurch at the time. A number of them were unaccounted for a number of hours –

    The matter was investigated by our security service, its as simple as that.
    They were doing their job.

    • Did they find the Mossad trained vultures or we were succesful to hide them in our underwater shark nursery?