NAJEX fights for swastika ban

May 30, 2020 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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NSW Association of Jewish Service & Ex-Service Men & Women (NAJEX) has welcomed the initiative of the NSW Government in considering the enactment of legislation to ban public displays of the Nazi swastika and it has written to the State Attorney General Mark Speakman urging that such a law be passed.

NSW Opposition Treasurer Walt Secord and Dr Marjorie O’Neill show the swastikas at Bondi Beach

In recent months there have been several incidents in New South Wales of people publicly displaying the Nazi swastika, at places ranging from the Bondi beachfront boardwalk to a prominent pole in Wagga Wagga to a home in Newtown. Some time ago, residents in Victoria proudly displayed a swastika flag from a pole at their residence.

NAJEX considers the public display of the Nazi swastika to be an outrage to the memory of those who perished at the hands of the Nazis and of those who sacrificed their lives to defeat them.

A spokesperson said: “Many of our now-deceased members and a handful of our present members served in Australian and allied military forces to fight to destroy the scourge of Nazism and over 27,000 Australian servicemen and women lost their lives in this cause. Moreover, six million Jews were murdered by the Nazi regime, with thousands of their family members residing in New South Wales.

NAJEX views the promotion of the Nazi swastika and its use as a form of graffiti as an affront to all these people and their families and also as anathema to the multicultural values which the NSW Government promotes and quite possibly an incitement to violence.

It urges the NSW Government to enact legislation to ban the public display of this symbol and other Nazi insignia, as many other countries have done.”

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