يجب على الوزير أن يعيد النظر في قراره ،لأنه كان يجب أن يعرف الانزعاج حول السيد Alhadef وإقالته السابقة من منصبهفي لجنة حقوق الطفل community relation commision ، لا يمكن السماح للسيد Alhadef المعارض بتعطيل أهداف SBS .وقد أعرب المجتمع المحلي الآن عن معارضته الجادة لهذا التعيين. آمل أن يستمع الوزير.
Dear Mr Fletcher
I am writing on behalf of the Arab Australian Federation to express our deep concern over the reported appointment of Mr Vic Alhadeff to the SBS Board.
In 2014, Mr Alhadeff resigned his position as the Chair of the then NSW Community Relations Commission of NSW (CRC), currently known as Multicultural NSW following intense community protest. His open public support and defence of Israel during its onslaught against Palestinians in Gaza in that year rendered his position untenable.
The community was rightly concerned about Mr Alhadeff’s capacity to execute his duties with complete objectivity as the chair of the CRC. Mr Alhadeff used Fact Sheets provided by the Israeli military to advocate the Israeli point of view. This was done at a time when more than one thousand (1,000) people, mainly women and children, were killed by the Israeli army to which Israel faced the condemnation of the UN and most of the world.
According to the SBS, “Diversity and inclusion are part of the very fabric of SBS: they are at the core of our Charter, at the centre of our purpose and strategy, and at the heart of how we tell stories, connect with audiences, and recruit and engage our people”.
With this in mind, as well as the earlier experience with Mr Alhadeff, we are very apprehensive about his appointment to the board of a public broadcaster. We justifiably have grave concerns about his proven inability to discharge his duties equitably and objectively in a manner that advances inclusion and positive community relations. In fact, his appointment is divisive, would politicise SBS and would alienate a large segment of the Australian public. SBS must not become a party to the Palestine-Israel conflict. We therefore call upon you to reverse the appointment of Mr Alhadeff to the SBS Board as a matter of urgency.
Arab Australian Federation