A man who was seen wearing a Nazi swastika armband while riding a bike on a suburban street in Melbourne has been slammed by the Jewish community.
The man was riding his bike along Atherton road in Oakleigh this week, when a shocked member of the Jewish community saw him and took a photo.
The identity of the man is not known.
The Jewish man then sent the photo to the Anti-Defamation Commission – an organisation that keeps track of anti-Semitic activity and tracks perpetrators.
A man who was seen wearing a Nazi Swastika armband (pictured) while riding a bike on a suburban street in Melbourne has been slammed by the Jewish community
Chairman of the Anti-Defamation Commission Dr Dvir Abramovich responded to the incident by issuing a statement, where he slammed the man’s actions.
The chairman questioned how the cyclist could be so brazen to ride around the suburban streets while wearing the shirt emblazoned with the symbol.
‘No one can feel safe when such sickening incidents happen, and we should not stand for this heinous behavior,’ Dr Abramovich said.
He said people shouldn’t have to see such things – especially after Christchurch and San Diego when white-supremacist ideology manifested itself in such a deadly way.
‘It is chilling that anyone would so openly exhibit the ugly Nazi swastika – a universal symbol of genocide and evil, Dr Abramovich said.
‘This open display of hatred, which would have caused enormous distress to a Holocaust survivor, should anger all people.
The chairman questioned how the cyclist could be so brazen to ride around the suburban streets while wearing the shirt emblazoned with the symbol (stock)
‘During a week, in which we mark Holocaust Remembrance Day and remember the millions of victims who died at the hands of Hitler’s regime, it is abhorrent that individuals filled with hate are intimidating and terrifying community members.’
The chairman said the ‘repulsive display of racism’ is an attack against all Australians and violates the memory of courageous diggers who fought to defeat Hitler.
‘At this time, we repeat our call for federal and state governments to ban the public displays of symbols from the Third Reich,’ he said.