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COSV Meeting

א' ניסן ה' אלפים תשס"ט

Police officers urged all members of the Jewish Community to report antisemitic incidents at a meeting on Wednesday 25 March 2009 of the Council of Orthodox Synagogues of Victoria (COSV). The meeting was addressed by Mr Bruce T. Colcott OAM, Senior Project Officer with the Multicultural Advisory Unit of the Victoria Police, and Senior Sergeant Paul Kirk Officer-in-charge of Caulfield Police station.


Both Colcott and Kirk stressed the importance of recording licence plate numbers where the incidents involve a vehicle. Sergeant Kirk, in response to a question said that even where licence numbers could not be obtained, a full description of the incident should be reported.

Colcott was asked the hypothetical question:

What if a car merely drives past and someone calls out 'Bloody Jew'?

Colcott's unequivocal answer:

It's a crime. Report it.

Another member of the audience asked about hate material on internet blogs, citing an example from the Soccer Federation where an antisemitic comment was posted on a blog following a request from Maccabee to reschedule matches from the Sabbath to a Sunday. Colcott replied that the Australian Broadcasting Authority (ABA) has the power to enforce removal of such material.

The meeting was one of a regular series in which representatives of the orthodox synagogues come together to discuss issues relevant to observant Jews.



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