The Anti-Defamation Commission (ADC) has welcomed the decision by UBER to impose a life ban on the passenger who called a driver a “Jewish dog and scumbag”.
The victim told the ADC, “While I am pleased with the decision, I don’t believe these consequences will make the passenger rethink his racist beliefs.
He obviously thinks that his opinions are acceptable in Australia, although the comments that this incident has attracted have shown me that the majority of Australians do not feel the same way.
Dr Dvir Abramovich, Chairman of the ADC, issued the following statement:
“We are glad that Uber has not only condemned this reprehensible behaviour but demonstrated a strong stand against antisemitism by permutant kicking this passenger out of their cabs.
This kind of frightening rhetoric, drenched in prejudice, must never be tolerated by any company, and this action sends the unmistakable message that antisemitism will never find a home in our country.
We also hope that Victoria Police considers charging this man.
The bigger and more chilling picture is that there are individuals in our midst who feel proud and comfortable using such unvarnished threatening language that is fuelled by pure hate.
Luckily, this incident did not escalate to real-life violence, though there were would be many UBER Jewish drivers who would be concerned for their safety, with mounting evidence of increasing hostility towards the Jewish community.”