ZFA statement on Hamas attacks, 9 October 2023

Official Statements

The following comments are attributable to Zionist Federation of Australia President Jeremy Leibler.

“Together with the rest of the world, the Australian Jewish community is reeling from the horror that is unfolding in Israel.”

“We stand in absolute solidarity with the people of Israel and the brave IDF soldiers who are risking their lives to provide security and stability for Israeli citizens.”

“We acknowledge and appreciate the bipartisan messages of solidary and the unequivocal support for Israel’s right to defend itself from the Prime Minister, the Opposition Leader and many other senior politicians from both sides of the political aisle.”

“The barbaric nature and murderous ideology of Hamas has been on full display over the last couple of days. We are deeply concerned that there are segments within the Australian community celebrating these murders, and some Australian Palestinian spokespeople have sought to justify them. This conduct amounts to incitement to violence and will place the Australian Jewish community at risk. We call on the authorities to investigate. Hamas is a proscribed terrorist organisation and advocating terrorist actions is a crime in Australia.”

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