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26 August 2014 

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Dear Friends and Members,
 

Please find below two press releases issued this week by the ADC.
 

  • A press release welcoming the decision by Village Cinemas to pull a one-sided and unfair advertisement shown in its cinemas

  • A press release applauding a statement by Latrobe University regarding anti-Semitic incidents

 

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Press Release                   August 25, 2014
 

B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation Commission welcomes decision by Village Cinemas to pull a one-sided and unfair advertisement shown in its cinemas
 
Melbourne, Australia, August 25, 2014… In response to concerns first raised by The B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation Commission about a one-sided and simplistic Save the Children ad shown as part of pre-film advertisements, Village Cinemas has decided to no longer screen the 30 second film.

Chairman of the ADC, Dr Dvir Abramovich issued the following statement:

“I welcome the response  by Village Cinemas and am glad that they were sensitive to our grave concerns. This right decision shows that Village Cinemas understand how unfair and biased the ad was and that screening it was inappropriate.  We consider the matter closed, though serious concerns remain about the conduct of Save the Children Australia whose uninformed and ignorant ad and petition provide no balance,  thoughtfulness or insight into a very complex situation. We hope that Save the Children Australia  makes an effort to repair the damage it has caused and reaches out to the Jewish community with an apology for its blatantly one-sided film and petition.”


Here is the link to the Save the Children advertisement that was shown.   

Press Release                     August 26, 2014

B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation Commission applauds statement by Latrobe University regarding anti-Semitic incidents
 
Melbourne, Australia, August 25, 2014… The B’nai B’rith  Anti-Defamation Commission (ADC) today applauded an email sent out to students at Latrobe University by Vice Chancellor Professor  John Dewar denouncing the intimidation and harassment of Jewish students on campus following the outbreak of the conflict in Gaza. The ADC had been in contact with Latrobe University and last week publicly called on university leaders to take immediate steps to tackle anti-Semitism on campus head on.

Chairman of the ADC, Dr Dvir Abramovich issued the following statement:

“I commend the statement by Vice Chancellor John Dewar condemning the abuse and bullying directed at Jewish students and stating that this conduct will not be tolerated. We are heartened that Professor Dewar noted that it is particularity ‘loathsome’ when individuals are singled out and targeted because of their racial, ethnic or religious background. As a community that understands first-hand the consequences of indifference to discrimination and prejudice, we know that it can make a significant difference when institutions  use the force of their leadership to openly protect the rights of individuals, often seen as different and vulnerable, to live free of intolerance and bigotry.  We applaud the Vice-Chancellor’s determination to confront and put an end to this dangerous menace. The ADC stands ready to work with Latrobe and other universities to effectively address racist behaviour  and to ensure that campuses are a safe and welcoming place for all students. Each one of us must be vigilant in achieving this goal since  anti-Semitism and all forms of hate have no place on our campuses.”
 

 

 

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