‘Vile’ graffiti condemned | North
Scullin MP Andrew Giles fears racism is on the rise due to the COVID-19 pandemic as police investigate the spread of “Nazi propaganda” in northern suburbs.
Mr. Giles started a petition calling on the community to “reject this hate”.
He told Star Weekly that he had received several reports of anti-Semitic graffiti around the town of Whittlesea, particularly in Mernda.
Anti-Semitic graffiti and stickers also appeared at the Jack Roper reserve in Broadmeadows earlier this month. This graffiti is the subject of a police investigation.
âOne thing is clear – there is a lot of evidence that racism during the pandemic has increased,â Mr. Giles said.
âThe recent spread of vile Nazi propaganda in the northern suburbs has caused great distress.
âThere is a sense of disbelief that this could be happening in Melbourne.
âThese are people who try to arm the fears of others.
âAs a country, we need to reconsider our national positionâ¦ on the scourge of racism.
âWe must unite to reject this hatred and stand proudly together as a diverse community. “
Hume Mayor Joseph Haweil said council was “extremely disappointed” to see the expression of hate crimes in Hume.
âAnti-Semitism is one of the most loathsome forms of bigotry,â Cr Haweil said.
âI condemn in the strongest terms anyone who engages in the sharing of symbols associated with the murder of millions of Jews during World War II.
âThis behavior is illegal and offensive. “
Graffiti has also been condemned by the Anti-Defamation Commission (ADC).
ADC President Dvir Abramovich said the community should be concerned about the “contagion of hate” displayed.
“Parents who take their children for a walk in a park should not be confronted with these disturbing messages,” said Dr Abramovich.
âWhenever such incidents occur, everyone in the community suffers frightening emotional damage.
“We know that the propaganda efforts of these die-hard racists are on the increase, and these incidents are the latest in a series of similar attempts to broadcast this dangerous program across Melbourne.”
To sign Mr. Giles’ petition, go to: bit.ly/3kbj12L