Australia creates position to combat anti-Semitism in the country due to the conflict in Gaza

Australia creates position to combat anti-Semitism in the country due to the conflict in Gaza
Australia creates position to combat anti-Semitism in the country due to the conflict in Gaza

Sydney (Australia), Jul 9 (EFE).- Australian Labor Prime Minister Anthony Albanese announced Tuesday the creation of a special post to combat anti-Semitism in the country, which has worsened following the war between Israel and Hamas and the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip.

Jillian Segal’s appointment as “special envoy to combat antisemitism in Australia” follows a series of recent attacks on Jews, including Labor MP Josh Burns, whose Melbourne office was attacked last month by masked men who set it on fire and scrawled “Zionism is fascism” on its walls.

“There is no place for violence or hatred of any kind in Australia,” Albanese said in the statement, stressing the “decisive step” taken by his government “to ease tensions” in Australia and defend “social cohesion” in this multicultural country.

The Australian lawyer, who will hold the position for three years, will be tasked with listening to Jews and the Australian community in general, as well as experts on religious discrimination, among other duties, in order to find mechanisms to help combat anti-Semitism, according to the statement published today by the Canberra Executive.

Segal’s appointment to protect Jews in Australia, a community that represents 0.4% of the population of more than 26 million people, is in response to efforts to deal with the repercussions of the conflict in Gaza, which also includes the creation of a similar position to combat Islamophobia in the coming days.

Albanese stressed that his government supports the two-state solution through a peace agreement and “continues to press for a ceasefire, protection of civilians, humanitarian aid to reach Gazans in desperate need and the release of all hostages.”

Segal’s appointment comes amid strong criticism from a section of Australian society, including students who took to the outside of universities, demanding that Albanese take more decisive action in the face of the humanitarian crisis in Gaza and condemn the “genocide” of Palestinians.

Last week, Afghan-born Australian senator Fatima Payman resigned from the Labor Party after supporting a motion on the recognition of Palestine in the previous days, contradicting her party’s position.

The war between Israel and Hamas following the terrorist group’s attack on several points in Israeli territory on October 7, has left more than 38,200 dead, including women, children and the elderly, as well as journalists and humanitarian workers, such as Australian Zomi Frankcom. EFE

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