The Anti-Defamation Commission has hailed a motion condemning anti-Semitism that was passed unanimously by the Monash City Council on Tuesday night. The resolution, titled, ‘Not in Our Community’ was submitted by Mayor Shane McCluskey, and followed the attack on Aliza Place Café and a spate of swastika vandalism in the municipality. Dr Abramovich, Chairman of the Anti-Defamation Commission presented Mayor Shane McCluskey with the ADC’s Certificate of Commendation for spearheading this important initiative. A week earlier, Dr Abramovich briefed the council about the dramatic increase in antisemitism across the nation.
Dr Dvir Abramovich, Chairman of the ADC, issued the following statement:
“Bravo to the Monash City Council for rising to the occasion during this moral moment in our city’s history, and for publicly condemning the scourge of antisemitism and swastika vandalism plaguing their municipality. This is a vote for decency and for respect, and sends the unmistakable message to the Jewish community that the ugly, jarring, in- your-face bigotry that is invading our streets is un-Australian and always unacceptable. I am heartened that the councillors locked arms and said in one, strong voice that this ancient hatred is incompatible with our fundamental democratic values and that it will be vigorously fought whenever it surfaces. I hope that other councils will follow suit.”
NOT IN OUR COMMUNITY
1. Notes the recent spate of incidents in anti-Semitism in Monash over the recent weeks, which impacts on common values of democracy, freedom and multiculturalism.
2. Unequivocally and publicly condemns all forms of anti-Semitism and other race-based discrimination in our community.
3. Continues to raise public awareness and acceptance of the importance of the principles of inclusion, human rights and diversity.