NATIONAL litigation and human rights law firm Levitt Robinson will host one of the world’s leading experts on social tolerance next week.
As debate rages over the Federal Attorney-General’s proposed amendments to s. 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, Mr Searle Brajtman, director of the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem, will screen a powerful documentary covering issues of racial intolerance.
This will be followed by an information session and continuing legal education seminar on s. 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act by Mr Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz of Levitt Robinson Solicitors, who has been a prominent commentator on s. 18C and has provided submissions and been a part of a delegation to the Federal Government on the issue on behalf of the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council.
Established by the Israeli Government in 1953,Yad Vashem is the Jewish people’s living memorial to the Holocaust.
For half a century it has been committed to four pillars of remembrance which include commemoration, documentation, research and education.
Mr Meyerowitz-Katz, who has taken several delegations of Jewish and non-Jewish students from Australia to Yad Vashem’s education centre, said Mr Brajtman’s attendance and address next Friday would make a timely contribution to the s. 18C debate.
“Whilst Australia is very different from Nazi Germany, it is impossible to debate an issue like racial vilification without keeping in mind the damage it can do in its worst extremes,” said Meyerowitz-Katz.
“In the immortal words of George Santayana: ‘Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it’.”
Brajtman’s address will commence at 1pm next Friday at Mediation Central, Ground Floor 162 Goulburn Street, Sydney.