Statement on MinterEllison cutting ties with Adelaide Writers Week

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The Zionist Federation of Australia welcomes the principled response by MinterEllison to the hate speech being platformed at the Adelaide Festival, and calls on other partners of the Adelaide Festival to take similar stands.

In the face of the complete rejection of community concerns over the presence of speakers that engage in hate speech by Adelaide Writers Week and Adelaide Festival organisers, Australia’s largest law firm announced that they would cut ties with the Festival and, where reasonable, pull its branding from Festival events.

ZFA President Jeremy Leibler said, “We welcome MinterEllison’s principled decision to reject antisemitism and those who are prepared to give it a voice.  As a major partner to the Festival, its actions have meaning. But the Festival has other corporate partners. We call on them to make clear that they reject hate speech and want nothing to do with the hate and normalisation of antisemitism promoted by Adelaide Writers Week.”

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