MEDIA RELEASE: ECAJ condemns hate graffiti

Hate graffiti, including swastikas, has appeared on a Sydney train and Brisbane homes.

All instances are connected to the current ABS survey on same-sex marriage. Homophobic slurs, such as “VOTE NO TO FAGS,” and swastikas were sprayed on a train on the City Circle line in Sydney; while in inner city Brisbane, swastikas were sprayed onto a rainbow flag and a front gate of at least two homes over the weekend.

“Over the last 12 months, there has been a proliferation of neo-Nazi posters, stickers and graffiti on university campuses across Australia and on the streets,” Executive Council of Australian Jewry (ECAJ) President Anton Block said.

“These latest incidents should be seen as a part of that overall spike.”

“The perpetrators are opportunistically seeking to exploit the emotions around the same sex marriage survey in order to promote their bigotry in the form of antisemitism and homophobia, and to create fear in the community.”

“I believe most Australians are fair-minded and will react to these incidents with revulsion, the opposite of what the perpetrators intend.”


Contact:

Peter Wertheim AM | Executive Director
phone: 02 8353 8500 | m: 0408 160 904 | fax 02 9361 5888
e: pwertheim@ecaj.org.au | www.ecaj.org.au