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Swastikas at Beth Weizmann

Photo: Peter Haskin

Two people were arrested on Thursday after a number of swastika stickers were plastered around Beth Weizmann and other venues in Caulfield.

The incident at Beth Weizmann occurred while the Israeli Ambassador Amir Maimon was inside meeting a number of community leaders including the President and Executive Director of Zionism Victoria, Yossi Goldfarb and Zeddy Lawrence.
The offenders were caught in action on the Beth Weizmann security cameras, and our in-house security team prevented any further damage to the property. They also liaised with police as the perpetrators continued their swastika sticker campaign throughout Caulfield.
Chair of Beth Weizmann Sam Tatarka said, “The protection of our tenants, visitors and the community at large requires constant vigilance and advanced security systems both of which are features of our community centre.”
He added, “It’s terrible in this day and age that such measures are required, but we won’t take any chances when it comes to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of those on our premises and Melbourne Jewry as a whole.”
 Yossi Goldfarb said that the incident “underscores the importance of the announcements made by the Premier yesterday in terms of banning the swastika, but also the adoption of IHRA. Clearly the Premier understands there is a growth in antisemitism and it is a concern for the community.”
The story was picked up by community and mainstream media.
The Age
Two men have been charged after allegedly plastering Nazi swastika stickers on a number of fences, light poles, bus stops and a Jewish community centre in Caulfield, just a day after the Andrews government introduced legislation to ban public displays of the hate symbol … Read more
The Australian Jewish News
Two men have been arrested after plastering swastika stickers on the exterior of the Beth Weizmann Community Centre in Melbourne while Israeli ambassador Amir Maimon was inside … Read more