Racial Discrimination in Australia Is on the Rise

For the past two years, Rabbi Shmueli Feldman has been facing loads of anti-Semitic abuses that are directed to him or his community. One of the most recent incidents happened on a Sunday afternoon in October while Rabbi Feldman hosted a celebration in his home. All of a sudden, a car carrying about four teenagers pulled over. One of them bent over the window and cursed the Jewish community. The vehicle sped off. Rabbi took it upon himself to report the incidence to the police including the car’s registration number. His effort did not bear any fruit. The police told him that the passengers in that vehicles were drunk and that the driver could not know who uttered the insults. This is just a tip of the iceberg.

The Rabbi has lost counts of the times he has been insulted for the past two years. At one particular time, a stone was thrown into his child’s bedroom. His Jewish center has not been spared either. Objects have been thrown into the building. A young man once hurled stones to the Jewish Center’s Security camera. After observing that swastikas had been scrawled in a park near his synagogue in May, he reported to the police. It was removed three months later. He says that this is the first time he is feeling unsafe in Australia, claiming that his children too are in fear of playing from outside since they have seen much already. According to a report that was filed by the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, racial insults targeting the Jewish community have risen by a significant 10 percent. The organization has registered over 230 anti-Semitic incidents between October last year and September this year.

Most incidents of racial discrimination are rarely reported. The 10 percent increase only serves to worry many. A group known as Antipodean Resistance has left many Jewish worried. The group is said to have put posters in the universities and near high schools in Sydney and Melbourne, seeking for the legalization of Jewish executions. The Western Sydney University conducted a research between 2015 and 2016 which revealed that 80 percent of the Australian population saw multiculturalism as a good thing. The same number acknowledged the existence of racism. Tim Soutphommasane, the race discrimination commissioner, says that the extreme racists have long operated secretly, but as days pass by, they are gaining the confidence to operate in the public.