According to a fascinating article in the JTA, the recent Austrailian government apology to the Aboriginal “Stolen Generation” was facilitated largely by the efforts of the Austrailian Jewish community.
In a statement, Rabbi Mordechai Gutnick, the president of the Organization of Rabbis of Australia, said:
Our faith teaches and emphasizes the universal principles of coexistence and respect for human dignity and rights. It teaches the need to recognize and rectify any failings we may display in our interaction between our fellow man. To say ‘sorry’ in a meaningful manner goes a long way in ensuring that mistakes and discrimination will not be repeated.
The JTA piece also lists a number of notable instances in which the Jewish community has led the charge for civil rights in Austrailia. To read the entire article, click here.