In a joint statement, B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation Commission chairman Dvir Abramovich and B’nai B’rith International executive vice-president Dan Mariaschin said the lack of outcry against the wave of terror was disturbing.
“If a rash of terror broke out in any other democratic nation, most of the international community would be appalled,” they said.
"Those who commit horrific acts of terrorism and those who sponsor such evil must be held accountable and this decision sends a very strong and timely message. In an era of rising terrorism, this brave verdict sets a legal and moral standard for the often onerous pursuit of justice against perpetrators.
"Moreover, this verdict is a symbolic victory for the families of those Americans killed by the PA and the PLO in the past, such as the U.S. Ambassador to Sudan Cleo Noel, Jr., who was taken hostage and shot by PLO militants in 1973."
In the face of rising global anti-Semitism, Australia's B'nai B'rith Anti-Defamation Commission has called on university leadership to police the rhetoric and demonstrations on campuses across the continent.
B'nai B'rith ADC Chairman Dr. Dvir Abramovich spoke with the The Herald Sun, highlights of which can be found below:
The B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation Commission’s chairman Dr Dvir Abramovich has called on universities across the country to “demand and enforce a policy of zero tolerance” towards anti-Semitic rhetoric and conduct.
He says it is on the rise and university leaders and staff must publicly condemn any acts of Jewish hatred.
“At a time when virulent anti-Semitism continues to be a serious problem on Australian campuses we call on the university leadership around the country to take immediate steps to address this troubling phenomenon head on, and to make it clear that there is no place for hate and racism on Australian campuses,” he said.
“In the short-term the most important thing is the strength of their response to individuals where they are implicated,” he said.
The B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation Commission has raised a number of concerns including: five Jewish students allegedly being refused entry to a Socialist Alternative discussion on Israel at Monash University; two Jewish students, one wearing a Kippa, allegedly being verbally abused and shoved at RMIT; and a motion by the Monash University Student Council accusing Israel of genocide.
“All students have the right to express their lawful and reasonable views without fear or favour. However, freedom of lawful expression does not include the right to harass, vilify, threaten or intimidate others. Such behaviour has no place on a university campus.’’
The B'nai B'rith Anti-Defamation Commission (ADC) in Australia, condemned in the strongest possible terms the statement appearing on the Australian Jewish Democratic Society's website last week.
The ADC was joined in its condemnation by the Jewish Community Council of Victoria (JCCV), and the stance was covered by J-Wire, a website devoted to Jewish news in Australia, New Zealand and the global community.
Read an excerpt of the article below:
Both organisations sharply criticised the total lack of balance and disregard for facts in the statement that paints a simplistic and one-sided picture of what is an extremely complex situation. The ADC and JCCV also denounced the AJDS’ analysis of cause and effect that bears no relationship to the facts on the ground.
Chairman of the ADC Dr. Dvir Abramovich and President of the JCCV Nina Bassat issued the following statement:
“All people of goodwill are deeply saddened by the loss of life on both sides of the current conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, but the progress towards peace can only be hindered by statements which totally lack balance, such as that of the AJDS.
"Sadly, the now common reckless and eager rush to condemn Israel is represented by the skewed and outrageous statement of the AJDS, which zealously attacks and accuses the IDF of a massacre without any facts or evidence. It is a pity that the ADJS keeps choosing to engage in a relentless campaign of propaganda in their continuous bashing of Israel."
What is as disturbing as the absence of substantiated data is the inflammatory and pejorative language used in the statement.
Given the world-wide conflation between anti-Israel feelings and anti- Semitism, highly emotive words such as perpetrated and massacre are calculated to arouse anger against not only Israel, but the Jewish community in Australia and are a willful disregard that language such as this destroys the harmonious nature of our multicultural society.
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