Islamophobia

Empty tables at Ramadan dinner as Vic Alhadeff stands by Gaza comments

Arab and Muslim groups boycotted the iftar dinner, hosted by Mr Baird, leaving a number of empty tables at the event.

Empty tables at the iftar dinner at NSW Parliament House on Thursday. Photo: Wolter Peeters

Empty tables at the iftar dinner at NSW Parliament House on Thursday. Photo: Wolter Peeters

NSW Community Relations Commission chair Vic Alhadeff has refused to withdraw controversial comments defending Israel’s deadly force against Gaza that have badly fractured goodwill between Sydney’s Jewish and Muslim groups.

Mr Alhadeff issued a belated apology on Thursday for causing offence two weeks ago. But his insistence on standing by the remarks has done little to placate Arab and Muslim groups or relieve pressure on him to resign from his role on the commission, which promotes racial harmony.

The Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia on Friday said Mr Alhadeff must “consider his position” as community relations chief, given the damage his comments caused.

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