ADC calls for peaceful peace conference
Dr Dvir Abramovich, chair of the B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation Commission (ADC), today emphasised that the forthcoming Australian Islamic Peace Conference must not be allowed to undermine social harmony in this country.
“As a relatively new nation, Australia has been in the privileged position of having the opportunity of rejecting the hatreds of the Old World and starting anew. This has been facilitated by Australia offering a home and haven for citizens of every ethnicity and faith from all corners of the world. Some argue that familiarity breeds contempt, but the ADC believes that it breeds understanding.”
“However a nation built on migrants who have joined Australia’s original inhabitants is in constant flux and therefore vulnerable to ancient hatreds. The general harmony we enjoy can never be taken for granted. Our democratic values must be guarded zealously. Those who seek to crack our social structure must be firmly rejected and those fissures immediately sealed.”
“This coming Friday an Australian Islamic Peace Conference commences in Melbourne. The ADC welcomes this event as long as ‘peace’ is defined as increasing understanding between all Australians and acceptance of diversity. However it has been alleged that certain Muslim scholars known for criticism of Jews have been invited to speak at the conference.”
“The ADC is adamant that any such criticism of Jews, member of other faiths or those of no faith at all would be unequivocally unacceptable to all Australians and a slap in the face to our harmonious society. We welcome Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship Minister Nick Kotsiras’ direction to Victorian Multicultural Commissioner Chin Tan to speak to the event’s organisers about any inflammatory rhetoric during the event and we ask that conference organisers make this crystal clear to both speakers and audience members.”