More than half of state’s Jewish community targeted by anti-Semitism
An alarming survey indicates anti-Semitism is on the rise in Queensland, placing renewed urgency on the government’s review of the Anti-Discrimination Act.
Six in 10 members of Queensland’s Jewish community say they have experienced anti-Semitism to some degree.
Queensland Jewish Board of Deputies Vice President Jason Steinberg told Neil Breen anti-Semitism occurs every day in Queensland.
“That might be bullying at a school yard, that might be bullying in a workplace, or harassment, or just seeing a swastika in a park.
“What I’ve experienced is just those jokes, Neil, that people think [are] funny.
“What we’re seeing in Queensland and in Brisbane is a growth of anti-Semitism, but also hatred against other religions and races.”
Mr Steinberg said the state’s 30-year-old legislation needs to be updated in response to the rise.
“That’s why the government’s looking into the laws and that was part of our research – that they’re looking at shoring up the vilification legislation and hate crimes to make it harder for people to do this.
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