Australian Jewish Leader Reports Anti-semites Are Only ‘tiny’ Group

There have been some anti-Semitic activities in recent times in Australia, but they have stemmed from a tiny fraction of the community, reported Nathan Beller, vice-president of the Victorian Jewish Board of Deputies and a councilor of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, which is affiliated with the World Jewish Congress.

In a report to the World Jewish Congress on Australia’s 75,000 Jews and their community structure, Mr. Beller added that the import of hate literature from abroad was under surveillance, in an effort to use whatever legal process is available to stop its transmission through the mails. Mr. Beller said: “We are of the opinion that anti-Semitism is not a Jewish problem primarily, but one that affects the way of life, the liberty and freedom of every Australian.”

The Australian Jewish leader reported that the two main centers of Australian Jewry are Melbourne, with about 35,000 Jews, and Sydney, with about 32,000. The remaining 8,000 to 10,000 Jews, he said, are scattered in Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra and other centers.

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