Postgraduates slam anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial in universities

May 5, 2017 by J-Wire Staff
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The Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations (CAPA) has condemned the increasing prevalence of Holocaust denial, anti-Semitic posters that are appearing on campuses nationwide.

David Marlow

In a statement released recently they say: “It is inconceivable that Antisemitism still exists especially at institutions of higher learning.

CAPA this is a matter of hate speech which has no place in educational institutions that should hold diversity and inclusivity. All students, and in-fact all people have a fundamental right to feel safe and should not have to worry that the atrocities of the past will be revisited in this manner.

This appears to be a nationwide effort and CAPA encourages student groups and universities to take a stand against anti-Semitism and hate speech.

We are encouraging students on all campuses to undertake the following actions on campus

  • Reporting these posters and flyers to university security noting the time and place
  • Removing posters when they are found
  • Keeping aware of physical surroundings and people postering or flyering

CAPA also recommends that universities make every effort to identify the students undertaking this deplorable behaviour and require that they attend education workshops on this matter as well as overall equity and diversity training.

It is imperative that campus safety is ensured for all students and staff and it is essential that universities and student organisations stand together to stem the tide of this behaviour.

The Jewish Community Council of Victoria congratulated the Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations for their strong, clear and decisive stance again Antisemitism and Holocaust Denial.  CEO David Marlow said: “It is absurd that it required in the 21st century, but here we are.  My grandparents who were murdered by the Nazis in Izbica in Poland would be rolling in the graves.”

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