Swastika and ‘Kill Gays’ etched on a Melbourne trail

July 19, 2021 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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Jewish LGBTIQA+ group Aleph Melbourne has condemned the etching of a swastika and the words “kill gays” on a footway in the Melbourne suburb of Ashwood.


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A spokesperson for Aleph said:  “We condemn the senseless defacement and vandalisation of the freshly resurfaced Gardiners Creek Trail in Ashwood.

The presence of the Nazi swastika along with the accompanying words “KILL GAYS” is a chilling attack on not only Jews and gay people but on all minority groups.

It is unfortunate that a small number of people feel so insecure with themselves that they are drawn to destroy public property and peddle fear.

Sadly further tax-payer dollars will be required to erase this vandalism, which could have been put to better use.”

President of The Jewish Community Council of Victoria Daniel Aghion added: “It is upsetting that such bigotry and hatred exists, and further that it was observed by a member of our community.

We understand that the CEO of the City of Monash spoke with the complainant over the weekend and that the Council is rapidly attending to the removal of the vandalism. We commend the Council for its prompt and proactive response.”


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