​JCMA, founded in 2003, is committed to the promotion of understanding, mutual respect and peaceful relations among members of our faith communities. We are unswerving in our support for the democratic values that underpin such relations in Australia and in other democratic countries. These values include the defence of individual human rights, freedom of religion and freedom of worship.

In light of the forthcoming visit of the Dutch MP Mr. Geert Wilders, and as a result of some of his previous rhetoric, we are concerned that the visit of Mr. Wilders will be used to introduce overseas hatreds into the local community.

These hatreds have no place in Australia.

Australia is proud of its multicultural society, wherein people from over 150 countries and many faiths live together in harmony. As a civil society, we are served when we see diversity as a strength not a liability.

In a spirit of dialogue we invite Mr. Wilders to meet with a small representative group from JCMA. We hope he will be open to hearing all that is good, true and beautiful about our life together in Australia.

JCMA’s sponsoring organisations are the Islamic Council of Victoria, the Jewish Community Council of Victoria and the Victorian Council of Churches.

Imam Riad Galil, OAM
President, Jewish Christian Muslim Association of Australia

The Revd Ian Smith
President, Victorian Council of Churches (VCC)

Nina Bassat AM
President, Jewish Community Council of Victoria (JCCV)

Nadeem Hussain
President, Islamic Council of Victoria (ICV)


Media Enquiries:
Helen Heath OAM, JCMA Executive Officer
M: 0400 211 221
 

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