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Alex Strauch has written a
letter of apology which is reproduced with permission at http://www.icjs-online.org?article=1328
7 August 2007
Jewish Community condemns online racist cricketing abuse
The JCCV has been informed about material appearing on a group page on Facebook, a website where users can establish interest groups. Ash Peake, a member of McKinnon Cricket Club, created the ‘F.U. Ajax Cricket Club!' group in June of this year. Mr Peake, the self-described ‘President' invited his friends to comment upon the Maccabi Ajax Cricket Club without fear of censorship. Swearing and abuse is encouraged, he wrote.
His friends happily obliged. In a few short weeks, in June and July of this year, Mr Peake's group site attracted a dozen comments, most of them offensive in the extreme. Simon Galloway, self-described as ‘Deputy Vice-President in charge of Holocaust References' wrote that the group should install a f***ing Rheem. In context, the JCCV understands this to be a reference to the use of gas by the Nazis to kill Jews during the Holocaust. Jeremy Davies wrote that the AJAX 3rdXI should have won easily against McKinnon, but they nearly choked ... probably on the gas. A Mr Ben Grant described AJAX members as human goats.
The worst comment was by Alex Strauch, apparently a member of the Beaumaris Cricket Club, who said:
Being of German heritage, I think I need to apoligise for [AJAX Cricket Club] to still be in existence, my grandparents tried to get them all...but its easier said than done when they are walking around in sewers trying to find change.
Anton Block, President of the JCCV, says: "This kind of sledging by mindless racists is unacceptable. No member of any sporting club should be subject to abuse such as this, no matter what their race or religion. It is simply un-Australian."
The JCCV condemns this material in the strongest terms.
For further information, please contact:
Anton Block, President on 0418-320-417
Daniel Aghion, Public Relations Officer on 0412-547-092
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F.U. Ajax Cricket Club!
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I am more interested in learning what JCCV plan to do about this. Incitement to racial hatred is illegal therefore they need to appear in a court, publicised, publically shamed and sentanced to re education and many hours of Jewish community service.
Posted by Franita on 2007-08-08 05:58:44 GMT
I don't quite understand the purpose of the media release other than letting us know what is going on. Obvioulsy we condem these things. As I understand a group of anti semitic racist Yobbos write this stuff about Jews on a public web site directed at non Jews and other anti Semites. Then the JCCV releases a letter of condemnation to Jews?.. . Wouldnâ€™t it be more effective if the JCCV 1. Exposed these anti Semites to the mainstream media to expose them and embarrass them. 2. Contact their cricket clubs to expose them. If we turn the other cheek the usual Jewish way of doing things or don't publicly expose these types of issues how will the rest of the community ever know anti Semitism exists and is alive and well? All we will ever keep hearing about is Islamophobia because the Islamic community make sure the media and community is aware any time they are vilified. Contact Alex Strauch on 0407 843 921 or. firstname.lastname@example.org
by Michael on 2007-08-08 05:32:00 GMT