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Time to condemn anti-Semitic attacks



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MARK DREYFUS

SHADOW ATTORNEY-GENERAL

SHADOW MINISTER FOR CONSTITUTIONAL REFORM

MEMBER FOR ISAACS

ANDREW GILES MP

Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs

SHADOW MINISTER FOR CITIES AND URBAN INFRASTRUCTURE

SHADOW MINISTER ASSISTING FOR IMMIGRATION AND CITIZENSHIP

MEMBER FOR SCULLIN

TIME TO CONDEMN ANTI-SEMITIC ATTACKS

Federal Labor is deeply concerned by an increase in anti-Semitic attacks in

Australia.

New research released today by the Executive Council of Australian Jewry has

revealed an alarming 30 percent rise in direct anti-Semitic attacks in Australia.

The report showed that incidents involving direct verbal abuse, harassment and - intimidation increased from 88 to 114, and graffiti attacks more than doubled from

46 to 95.

Anti-Semitism is totally unacceptable and must be condemned by political and

community leaders.

Victorian Premier Dan Andrews and James Merlino have acted swiftly to put in

place measures to address reports of anti-Semitic bullying in Victorian schools.

Young people must never be made to feel ashamed of who they are.

We need to focus on educating our young people about the dangers of all forms of

racism and abuse.

Australia’s Jewish community has a proud history of contributing to Australian

society and culture.

Everyone in Australia should be free to observe their faith and cultural traditions

free from abuse and discrimination.

The continued rise of far-right groups in Australia that seek to demonise our Jewish

community, as well as other communities, is a significant problem and threat to our

strength as a nation united by our common values. This threat must be addressed

as a matter of urgency.

It’s time for all Australians to stand together in our commitment to our common

values, and to reject those who would seek to divide and to weaken our nation with

hate and with fear.

MONDAY, 25 NOVEMBER 2019

MEDIA CONTACTS: STEPHEN SPENCER (DREYFUS) 0423 596 573

LACHLAN POULTER (GILES) 0423 937 655

Authorised by Paul Erickson, ALP, Canberra.

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