QANTASforever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (14 years 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1288 times:
Um, well I would REALLY like to know where your parents got that one from. I am Jewish and Australian born and bred and never in my entire life have I encountered any anti-semetic views expressed by Australians at all!
Australia has a lot of faults but in no way are we anti-semetic.
Twaneedsnohelp From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (14 years 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1280 times:
Actually I was under the impression that Australia and Israel were on very strong terms, in part of course to Oz's prosperous Jewish community (which includes Ansett's would be owner Soloman Lew and other notables).
John Howard has indicated a very strong and important relationship between the two former British colonial properties.
Lima From Argentina, joined May 1999, 1122 posts, RR: 13
Reply 7, posted (14 years 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1242 times:
Hi, there is a very sad episode that happened during the WWII. When the jewish people tried to escape Europe to save their lives many countries refused them entry. As the Nazi's were capturing them and sending to concentration camps, many tried desperately to emigrate to countries in the Americas and Australia. Some were denied entry and had to return to Europe sadly where they found death.
When this happened, the then Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs (sorry I do not remember his name) said this: "In Australia we do not have a problem with racism, and we do not want to import one". Australia denied the entry of some jewish people which were refuges.
I read this on a newspaper from that time that is exhibited at the Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem. If you visit the museum you can read it.
On the other hand Italy was famous buy the amount of jewish people they saved, even considering that Musolini was in power.
Not only Australia but also Cuba was famous for not letting Jewish people to enter the country. I don't know if this could be called antisemitism but it shows a terrible and discusting lack of humanity.
LH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 53
Reply 8, posted (14 years 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1228 times:
Sadly, the US can also be added to that list that refused entry to some 20,000 Jewish children during WWII because during that time we were practising a quota system introduced after WWI to regulate immigration. As for that year the quota for Germany had been filled, so even though these Jews needed a safe harbour, the US sent them back to Europe, despite there being at least partial knowledge of what Hitler was up to.
« On ne voit bien qu'avec le cœur. L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux » Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
ADG From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (14 years 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1220 times:
You are describing a time known as "the great depression", do you really believe that a country should have imported refugees when it couldn't even afford to feed itself?
During WW2, a time when we (according to some) should have been bringing these refugees in with open arms, my grandmother was BURYING my uncle in an unmarked mass grave in Melbourne Victoria because there was NO PENICILLIN to treat his flu, which turned into Pneumonia and killed him. He was 18 months old and died of a totally curable condition even in those days.
She had no money to bury him, no money to feed her family properly and her husband was off fighting a war.
Do you really think it was a racial reason that we were against the importation of refugees at the time?
Why do people turn economic decisions into racial slurs?
Mind you, don't those guys hold a grudge or WHAT? Using something that apparently happened over 50 years ago to tarnish a whole country in perpetuity!
Mx5_boy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (14 years 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1205 times:
One thing I can say about Australia 50 years ago, on top of ADG's comments, is that we were a very isolated and tiny nation. (Still are I suppose.)
The notion of importing refugee and ethnic problems was of notable concern. Especially when you realise that we read and watched the horror from long distance. Serious consideration over the years had gone into the immigrant quotas and ethnic mix.
Anti-Semite? No I don't think so. The only trouble Australian Jews get is when things flare up in the middle east and synagogues seem to be the targets for fires and bombs. And always coming from the more extreme of the middle eastern communities.
Mx5_boy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (14 years 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1196 times:
""Do Australians hate anybody?""
As a nation we don't really "hate" anyone. We try to keep friendly relations with all nations and are usually deemed a benign nation in return. But if push comes to shove we have (and proven this many times) to support our allies in the Western world, which may have not looked favourably upon us.