VICTORIAN police are resisting calls by powerful Melbourne Jewish figures to set up a hate crimes squad to tackle the growing number of anti-Semitic attacks.
* ‘Powerful Jewish Figure’
* Note the tone of this article: “powerful Melbourne Jewish figures”
Police opposed to the idea have accused Jewish groups such as the Anti-Defamation Commission – which keeps tabs on anti-Semitic violence – of exaggerating the number of attacks to justify greater taxpayer-funded security measures.
It is believed Victoria Police Commissioner Christine Nixon was approached by Jewish leaders to set up the unit, which would play a similar role to a successful program in NSW.
Senior Victoria Police sources said the Jewish community received more attention and security for its functions and events than other religious and ethnic groups. “They already get great coverage,” one source said. “If the Muslim community was to know to what extent, they would go crazy.”
* Let the ‘Muslim community’ go crazy!
* It just so happens that Islam teaches Muslims to hate and kill Jews. They do it all the time. Besides, have these anti-Semites in the Police force ever considered that their wages are largely paid by these ‘powerful Jewish figures?’
Another source said: “The police hierarchy is forever being bombarded by prominent Jews lobbying to get more resources.”
Jewish leaders, who have stepped up their calls for the squad to be set up at meetings with Victoria Police over the past few weeks, have attacked the force for failing to acknowledge the magnitude of the anti-Semitic violence.
This follows a spate of anti-Semitic incidents, including an attack by a group of footballers on orthodox Jewish father Monachem Vorchheimer as he walked home from a synagogue in 2006.
Bnai Brith Anti-Defamation Commission chairman John Searle accused police of being ignorant to the community’s problems, saying their attitude could lead to an increase in the number of anti-Semitic attacks, which were at a record high last year, with 638 incidents recorded nationwide.
“There is no exaggeration of the figures,” he said. “The suggestion that the figures have been ramped up or that they’re bogus in any way just to get a bit more police attention is absurd, and I’m disappointed that such a suggestion would be made.”
Between 1989 and 2005, an average of 85 anti-Semitic incidents was annually recorded in Victoria, according to researcher Jeremy Jones, who compiles figures for the Executive Council of Australian Jewry.
He said the average incidents rate increased to 185 and 171 in 2006 and last year respectively. The Melbourne-based ADC puts last year’s figures at 119.
Incidents last year included nine physical attacks and 21 “missile attacks”, bottles and eggs thrown at community members. But most of the incidents, 53, were verbal.
The Australia/Israel Jewish Affairs Council’s executive director Colin Rubenstein also urged police to rethink their position on the proposed unit.
NSW Police appointed a temporary co-ordinator last June to liaise between community groups of various religions and backgrounds.
* Winds of Jihad readers should use the opportunity to write to Richard Kerbaj at the Australian. Letters to Editor <email@example.com>The man is not beyond hope, he often gets it right on Muslim issues. Unfortunately it seems that Jew-hatred is stronger than reason and common sense, which is deplorable…