THE Anti-Defamation Commission (ADC) has expressed its deep concern individuals wearing neo-Nazi clothing during the Chill-Out LGBTQI festival in Daylesford earlier this month.
Two individuals were seen wearing shirts with “Sieg Heil” and “Faggots” written on them, as well as the swastika symbol.
Condemning the people for “openly and brazenly displaying these virulently racist insignia, intimidating and victimising the LGBTI community and residents in the area,” Dr Dvir Abramovich, chairman of the ADC, said.
“Wearing these shirts is an insult to the six million Jews, and millions of innocent victims (including gays and lesbians) who were murdered by the Nazis, and an affront to those diggers who fought bravely to defeat Hitler’s regime.
“The ADC stands firmly with the LGBTQI and Daylesford community in sending a clear message that extremism and intolerance, which represent a serious danger to the fabric of our cohesive life, do not reflect the true character of our country.”
The ADC also expressed concern over swastikas spray-painted on equipment in the McKinnon Reserve playground last weekend and the appearance late last month in Balaclava of stickers of the neo-Nazi group Antipodean Resistance.
“We denounce this craven display of intolerance against people of all faiths and origins. There is something very troubling and unsettling happening in our country with a dramatic surge of white-supremacist graffiti and activities as right-wing extremists are spreading their cancer of hate,” said Abramovich.
“Imagine how distressed and traumatised a Holocaust survivor, taking their grandchild to this playground would be, when confronted with this potent symbol of genocide and xenophobia. It is incumbent on the entire community to speak up against the scourge of anti-Semitism, and we call on all leaders, especially mayors, to say in a strong and loud voice “not in our city!”