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Interview: New Zealand Jewish voices ‘speak out’

Journalist Keren Cook talks to Juliet Moses on Radio Shalom about the recently formed Advocacy for Jewish Voice group.

The group was established in July 2014 as a result of the Gaza war, its impact on Israel, the media, and the New Zealand Jewish community.

Advocacy for Jewish Voice has over 400 members and is an Auckland-based group made up of Jewish and non-Jewish members. The group has a private Facebook page and strong social media presence both in the Jewish and wider community.

Moses is a member of Advocacy for Jewish Voice, and was born and bred in Auckland. She is a partner in an Auckland law firm, a member of the Auckland Hebrew Congregation and is on the Auckland and New Zealand Jewish Council.

At the end of 1992, Moses participated in the Australasian Union of Jewish Students leadership development programme that took her to Israel, England and the United States.

Moses also wrote a Law Honours seminar on the interaction and balance between freedom of expression and laws prohibiting hate speech.

Moses has been actively involved in a number of ways in the Jewish and wider community, while addressing the Gaza war fallout. In this interview she shares her thoughts and personal encounter with anti-Semitism and anti-Israel thinking.

She also shares her experience during one of the Palestinian protests and how she attracted media attention on Queen Street. She says “we felt the media was not dealing with the situation in a fair or accurate way and there was a gross over simplification of what was happening.”

Advocacy for Jewish Voice supports Israel’s right to exist and examines how that directly impacts the New Zealand Jewish Community’s existence.

Moses says: “The Jewish community has always wanted to be under the radar, we have had some very prominent people – five mayors in Auckland, prominent people in business, different realms. I think people have wanted to be low-key and low profile and go about their business and obviously there are good reasons around that.”

With a more heated political climate to date, Moses suggests its timely to “speak up” and have a stronger and more present voice about Jewish life and thought here in New Zealand.

Listen to the full interview below:

Keren Cook
Keren is currently working as a casual presenter at NZME and freelancing as a journalist and Director and voice over-artist. She recently project-managed New Zealand's Jewish Online Museum, and co-hosts a regular show at Planet FM.
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