Source Jew Wire
A Jewish anti-racism group has called on Australians to welcome asylum-seekers into their communities and embrace the benefits refugees can offer Australia.
The B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation Commission (ADC) says the attempt by the Australia First Party to drum up fear and opposition to asylum seekers undermines Australia’s tolerant and multicultural society.
ADC Chairman Anton Block noted that the peak national body of the Australian Jewish community, the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, had recently adopted a policy calling on the Australian government to implement in good faith and with humanity, Australia’s important legal and moral obligations with respect to refugees and urging all Australians to engage in discussion of the issues in a considered and respectful manner and without resorting to pejorative generalisations.
Mr Block said his organisation endorsed this policy, noting “As part of a community of people who came to Australia as migrants and refugees and who made successful lives here I believe we have an obligation to share this country with victims of war and terror. We are the beneficiaries of a generous Australia which opened its doors to us as refugees after World War II.”
He also expressed the view that the Federal Government needs to increase its efforts to move asylum seekers out of detention centres and into the community and that the wider community needs to understand that these arrivals represent an opportunity not a threat to Australia.
“Many members of our community are now successful in business or professions and are able to make great contributions to Australia. In fact former refugees have been a great asset who over time have enriched our society both culturally and economically.”
Mr Block also endorsed the ECAJ’s opposition to the mandatory detention of women and children asylum seekers saying that these practices revived memories of a darker period of Jewish history.
“We know that the circumstances that make people flee their homes are harsh and complicated and do not always allow stringent adherence to authorised entry procedures. Most asylum seekers have been found to be genuine refugees who just want a decent life for themselves and their children.”
Mr Block said racist elements in Australia were creating unjustified hysteria about asylum-seekers, which was flowing through to negative attitudes towards other migrants and Australians from minority groups.
“The idea we are being swamped by illegal migrants or that boat people are not real refugees is just nonsense. Ninety percent of migrants to Australia are legal and most asylum-seekers who come without visas have been found to be legitimate refugees.
“We need to remind ourselves that Australia was built by migrants and by people fleeing persecution and that asylum-seekers have a great deal to offer our country.”
Mean while in Israel its business as usual. You know as each day goes by these idiots lose even more credibility.