A JOINT STATEMENT FROM CONCERNED JEWISH COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS REGARDING THE HUMANITARIAN CRISIS ON MANUS ISLAND.
The stories emerging from Manus Island are deeply disturbing.
Hundreds of men, a majority of whom are proven to be refugees, are trapped in prison-like facilities, deprived of medical care, food and water. We cannot pretend this is not happening.
Australia’s current approach lacks the compassion, decency and humanity that we believe are integral to Australia’s character.
Jewish people are acutely aware of the consequences of indifference and inaction. We understand and appreciate that an Australia built on acceptance and inclusivity strengthens Australia’s social fabric. Indeed, it is these values that have enabled the Jewish community to become a thriving and contributing part of the wider Australian society.
The Australian government’s current preference for political expediency over compassion and decency is shameful. We condemn it in the most unequivocal terms.
We are calling on our political leaders to act with moral conviction and courage to find a sustainable and humane solution for the men on Manus Island.
Jewish Labour Bund
Habonim Dror Australia