Swastikas in Glebe ignored by council

July 21, 2021 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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Three swastikas and the word “heil” were scrawled onto a parking meter on Wentworth Park Road in Sydney’s Glebe but despite being reported to the council, the offensive graffiti remained for several days.

The offending daubing

NSW Parliamentary Friends of Israel deputy chair and Labor frontbencher Walt Secord has praised Sydney Labor Councillor Linda Scott who expedited the removal of antisemitic graffiti,

He told J-Wire: “When it was brought to my office’s attention that the graffiti had not been removed following complaints to the council, I contacted Linda and she got right on to the matter. She had it removed before we knew it.

Ms Scott said she was deeply offended by the graffiti and believed that such public displays of hate had no place in our society. She also attributed the delay in its removal to the outsourcing of council services.”

The NSW Jewish Board of Deputies is concerned about the report of offensive graffiti taking days to be removed. 

The Board of Deputies works closely with numerous Councils across NSW to ensure the swift removal of graffiti when informed of it and we thank Councillor Scott for actioning the removal of the graffiti as soon as it was brought to her attention.

CEO Darren Bark said: “The Nazi swastika represents the ultimate symbol of hatred – one which is abhorrent to not only our community but all Australians. There is no place in our society for this terrible symbol and the beliefs associated with it.”

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