Global anti-Semitism: making sure ‘Never Again’ is not a hollow slogan

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A recent report shows that anti-Semitic attacks worldwide were up by 30% last year, and that the number of anti-Semitic incidents in Australia in that time almost doubled. The report – released by the Tel-Aviv University’s Kantor Centerfor the Study of Contemporary European Jewry – noted that 2012 saw “an alarming rise in the number of terrorist attacks and attempted…

Munich Olympics terror victims deserve a minute of our time

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It was a simple and small request from the Israeli government. Devote one minute of silence during the opening ceremony of this year’s London Olympics to honour the memory of the 11 Israeli athletes, coaches and officials who were murdered in cold blood by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Munich games. Such a ceremony makes…

Facebook should be a force for good, not a forum for hate

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A few weeks ago, 21 survivors of the death camps who witnessed the murder of their families by the Nazis wrote to Facebook asking the organisation to take down pages that promote Holocaust denial. Last week, Facebook refused to remove the pages stating: “We think it’s important to maintain consistency in our policies, which don’t generally prohibit people from…

Tackling racism starts with one act

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The largest survey on racism, The Challenging Racism Project released recently found that, despite some “racist hotspots”, most Australians are tolerant and welcoming. I believe that a majority of Australians want to end prejudice and discrimination, but often ask, “How can one person make a difference?” Here is my fighting racism manifesto: Look in the mirror: Make…