Kiwis like to get behind a good cause. We like to rally around the underdog and stick up for the little guy. This is admirable, but unfortunately it does make us vulnerable to narratives that frame conflict as black and white.
It is my desperate hope that it is this ignorance and earnestness that is behind the appalling antisemitism demonstrated at pro-Palestine rallies in New Zealand the weeks since the Hamas terrorist attacks on Israel on October 7th.
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