‘Hateful’ graffiti condemned | Brimbank & Northwest
Anti-Semitic graffiti found in the Keilor area has been condemned by police and major Australian civil rights organizations.
Spray painted swastika symbols were recently found at Caroline Chisholm Park in Keilor, while homophobic graffiti has also been reported in the area.
Brimbank’s council has since removed the graffiti and reported it to the police.
Brimbank’s director of infrastructure and municipal services, Neil Whiteside, said graffiti “has no place in our community.”
Keilor Downs Senior Staff Sergeant Adam Beauliv said police would increase patrols around Caroline Chisholm Park in response to the graffiti.
Anti-Semitic graffiti has also been reported in Broadmeadows and Mernda over the past two weeks.
Northern Suburb MP Andrew Giles has launched a petition calling on the community to “reject this kind of hate”.
Anti-Defamation Commission chairman Dvir Abramovich said the reports were troubling and disturbing.
“Parents who take their children for a walk in a park should not be confronted with these disturbing messages. Whenever such incidents occur, everyone in the community suffers frightening emotional damage, ”said Dr Abramovich.
“This cowardly display of intolerance against people of all faiths is a sad reminder of the efforts extremists will make to express their unbridled bigotry and serves as a wake-up call that anti-Semitism and racism are on the rise.
“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.”
A spokesperson for Victoria Police said everyone has the right to feel safe in the community.
“We understand that incidents of anti-Semitism can leave communities feeling targeted, threatened and vulnerable. These incidents have no place in our society.
“There is no excuse for engaging in behavior that promotes fear or hatred in our community.
“We take any reports of anti-Semitism seriously, whether it occurs on the streets or online. “