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The RCV Is Critical of Assylum Seeker Policy. What Should Our Roof Bodies Be Doing?

July 22, 2013 – 2:44 pm21 Comments

From the editor:

refugee2The Rabbinical Council of Victoria has just released a statement:

“The Rabbinical Council of Victoria (RCV) views with grave concern the latest government policy, that  denies asylum-seekers entering Australia  illegally, by boat, any possibility of settling in Australia.

Whilst mindful of the need for secure borders, the safety of the asylum-seekers, and of the cost of integrating asylum seekers into the community, Jewish teaching, and our own historical experience, informs us that these considerations cannot and must not override our ethical and moral obligation to help “the stranger”, and to offer refuge to those fleeing persecution.

Rabbi Meir Shlomo Kluwgant, RCV President, said “We hope that this policy will only be a temporary measure, and that  the time will come when Australia will once again continue its proud tradition of welcoming those in genuine need into our country”.”

In light of our community’s history, do you believe Jews have an obligation to encourage compassionate policy? Do you believe our lay leadership – the JCCV and ECAJ – should speak out against the latest plans?

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