STICKERS claiming Jews were behind the September 11 terror attacks – placed during last weekend’s anti-lockdown protest in Melbourne – “should be consigned to the garbage bin”, communal leaders say.
Images of the sticker emerged on social media on Saturday night, showing the numbers “911” inside a Star of David.
A QR code at the bottom leads to a video accusing Jews of being responsible for the 2001 Twin Towers strike in New York.
As well as being plastered in the CBD, The AJN understands the stickers were also discovered on rubbish bins in Balaclava.
“It is saddening, but not surprising, that an anti-lockdown march brings out the antisemites,” Jewish Community Council of Victoria president Daniel Aghion lamented. “The marchers propound baseless conspiracy theories.”
He added, “The stickers, and the conspiracy theories they reference, should be consigned to the garbage bin. That is where they belong.”
Anti-Defamation Commission chairman Dvir Abramovich said, “It is shocking 20 years later, the unabashed antisemitic conspiracy theory that blames Jews for 9/11 is alive and well in Australia.
“Such dangerous scapegoating will only fan the flames of hatred and will make the Jewish community an even bigger target for violence.”
Macnamara MP Josh Burns commented, “I know it’s hard to believe but turns out the ‘peaceful freedom rallies’ are actually violent, hate-filled gatherings of the far right and conspiracy nutters.”
Meanwhile, an anti-lockdown protester at a demonstration on the NSW-Queensland border held images of Adolf Hitler, comparing lockdown restrictions to the early tactics of the Nazi leader.
NSW Labor frontbencher Walt Secord said he was sickened by the images.
“In recent months, we have seen brazen acts and the emergence of far right-wing activity in Australia. It is a worrying development and these disgusting characters must be called out.
“They have no place in Australian society and their actions are an affront to those who survived the Shoah and to those who fought Nazism.”