Jewish community calls for action against MP

The NSW Jewish Board of Deputies calls on the leadership of the NSW Labor Party to formally censure Shaoquett Moselmane MLC for ongoing antisemitic conduct and comments.

This follows Mr Moselmane tweeting an encouragement to his followers to visit the website of notorious former Klu Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke, who is on the record as saying “Our clear goal must be the advancement of the white race and separation of the white and black races. This goal must include freeing of the American media and government from subservient Jewish interests.”

Last week, Prime Minister Scott Morrison called out the incident when Mr Moselmane recently denied the Chief Executive Officer of the Jewish community’s peak body access to the launch of the Labor Union Multicultural Action Committee, despite having received an invitation from General Secretary Kaila Murnain.

The incident prompted Opposition Leader Luke Foley to apologise for Mr Moselmane’s conduct and for Shadow Minister Walt Secord MLC to publicly condemn the display as “stupid, malicious and vindictive”.

In 2013 Mr Moselmane referred to Australian Jewish and Israeli groups as a “political lobby group that is cancerous, malicious and seeks to deny, misinform and scaremonger” during a speech in parliament. The Jewish media has also never received an invitation to attend Mr Moselmane’s Multicultural Media Awards events.

In addition to the above, Mr Moselmane wrote on Twitter in December 2017 that he was “honoured to speak at the rally in support of Jerusalem” – an event at which Hezbollah flags were openly waved by participants.

Further, Mr Moselmane recently hosted controversial University of Sydney academic Dr Tim Anderson at Parliament House; Dr Anderson has drawn criticism for defending badges carrying the slogans “Death to Israel” and “Curse the Jews”.

Given Mr Moselmane’s ongoing pattern of offensive conduct, the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies calls on the leadership of the party to formally censure him – i.e. to make it clear that racist conduct of any form will not be tolerated by the party leadership and that he will be denied all leadership positions within the party should it recur.

Despite expressions of regret by party leaders, the abuse which he directs at the Jewish community continues, and we find it profoundly concerning that he is free to persist with such vilification.