Israel’s propaganda machine again uses Anti-Semitism accusation to distract from justified criticism of Israeli government actions
Newshub is reporting that Green Party MP Golriz Ghahraman is being accused of anti-Semitism by the Israel Institute of NZ because she has shared an Instagram post which criticises Israel for ‘medical apartheid’ because while rolling out the COVID vaccine to Israeli citizens and right wing settlers on the occupied West Bank, Israel is making no effort to share the vaccine with the 5 million Palestineans who fall under Israeli occupation.
This is an example of why I joined and want to be part of the Sh’ma Koleinu collective – to provide an alternative Jewish voice. I cannot stand by and allow this criticism to be construed as the voice of New Zealand Jewry. It is clearly not representing me or the other collective members of Sh’ma Koleinu / Alternative Jewish Voices. The Israel Institute of NZ is a propaganda front for the extremist right wing Israeli government, which is again using the false accusation of anti-Semitism to attack someone criticising Israeli policy, instead of dealing with the substance of the argument.
Let’s be clear – it is completely accurate that the Israeli government is excluding Palestinians from distribution of the COVID vaccine. Therefore it is accurate to accuse Israel of ‘medical apartheid’. Golriz Ghahraman is simply putting a tick next to a factual description of Israeli Government actions.
AJV has been raising the issue of the Israeli Government’s use of the term anti-semitism as a way of attacking those who raise legitimate and rational criticism of their actions. This is another clear example of the NZ propaganda arm of Israel rushing in to attack an elected NZ Member of Parliament for stating a truth that Palestinians are being treated differently than Israeli citizens. Isn’t that what apartheid means?