Queensland call for Holocaust museum

June 21, 2015 by J-Wire News Service
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A police drug raid on a Cooktown home produced more than was expected…a display of Nazi flags.


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President of the Queensland Jewish Board of Deputies Jason Steinberg told J-Wire: “Australia is generally regarded as a safe, multicultural and tolerant society. Similarly, Queensland, the third largest Australian state is a relaxed and popular place to live.

However, this week’s police drug raids in northern Queensland also uncovered Nazi and American rebel flags.
It is a disturbing reality these raids uncovered the vile link between Right Wing extremism and organised crime.

Jason Steinberg

Revelations like this also send a preverbal shudder through the Queensland Jewish community who have been concerned about the rise in anti-Semitism across Europe and in other parts of Australia.

In Australia last year alone there was a significant surge in anti-Semitic attacks. For example, in Melbourne a Jewish man was confronted by two men who called him a “Jewish dog” in Arabic and then violently assaulted him.
At a Perth shopping centre, a visiting Rabbi from Jerusalem and his assistant were set upon by six teenagers threatening to “fix [them] up” for “killing babies in Gaza”.
In Sydney, eight teenagers boarded a school bus with 30 terrified Jewish primary school children, threatening to “slit their throats” while shouting “Heil Hitler,” and “All Jews must die”.
And in suburban Brisbane, the capital city of Queensland, industrial garbage bins and a telephone box were daubed with large swastikas – visible for hundreds of people to see every day.
Similarly, on the idyllic Queensland Gold Coast, the Florida of Australia, a small number of neo Nazi extremists meet annually in private for a rock concert.
The question our relatively small Jewish community of 8000 people in a place so livable as Queensland need to ask is: How do we stop elements of society fostering such extremist ideology?
The answer rests in education. Educating school-aged children about hatred and intolerance through the lens of the Holocaust is one way to address this issue.
In Queensland we need more Holocaust education – we need a permanent Holocaust and Tolerance Museum.
Until we have such an avenue to educate the general public, anti-Semitism in all its forms will prevail. We can’t let that happen.


3 Responses to “Queensland call for Holocaust museum”
  1. Alan Baden says:

    This is hardly a new issue, although its good to keep reporting on anti-semetism.

    You suggest that ‘education’ is the answer to the problem. Do you really think re-educating people will be very effective? It will not be. Clearly anti-Semitism in Australia is directly linked to the political and military events in Israel. That is, if we accept and support the Israeli Governments approach to the conflict and if we support zionism in general, then we must continue to expect instances of anti-semetism in this country. We need to accept this as one of the costs of safegaurding the state of Isreal.
    I suggest if you want to ‘educate’ then start with the editorial staff of all mainstream Australian news outlets as it is the Australian media that inflames the problem.

    • Gerard Frederick says:

      Imagine that! `Nazi´ & `Rebel´flags! Oy weh! Why won´t they stop? The evil just keeps on getting stronger! What we need is a law, to allow the Mossad to inspect every home on the planet to make sure horrible crimes like Nazi & Rebel flags are never allowed to fly again! My grandmother lost 666 of her children, grandchildren, great-grand children, not to forget HER grandparents aged 165 years, ALL gassed (Oy Weh!) at Treblinka and they never stop, not even when confronted by evidence like my statement! Where is Rosenblatt (It never happened, but in my mind it did) when we need him? Gerry Frederick

  2. Eleonora Mostert says:

    We could start by not calling these terrorist “Ideologist”. Then again we wouldn’t want to upset these poor “Ideologists” would we.

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