On Saturday October 13, the Melbourne Knights Football Club / Melbourne Croatia Social Club hosted a gig for local, national and international neo-Nazi skinheads, organised by two international neo-Nazi networks, Blood & Honour and the Hammerskins. When contacted on the night of the gig, the Club denied outright any such event was taking place. In this, the Club is following in the footsteps of The Birmingham Hotel, the previous venue for the annual Ian Stuart Donaldson memorial gig. The reaction of both the Club and the Hotel stand in stark contrast to that of the (Elks) Lodge in Portland, Orgeon, which, when informed that a neo-Nazi gig organised by Hammerskins in the US was taking place at their venue, promptly pulled the plug.
As it happens, and according to a report in the October 17 edition of The Age, the following day in Melbourne there was another anti-Semitic assault, one possibly committed by the same men responsible for an earlier attack. Despite this alleged attack on Sunday, the gig on Saturday, and an earlier text circulated among local Jewish groups a day or two prior to the gig warning of the gig’s occurrence, there has been (almost) no media reportage of the gig in the middle; certainly no press.
Jewish teens ‘bashed by same man’
October 17, 2007
A MAN who attacked a youth with a baseball bat in an anti-Semitic attack in August was allegedly involved in another attack on Sunday night, beating a Jewish teenager. Five youths, aged 14 to 16, were attacked in Carlisle Street, Balaclava, by two men about 9.15pm on Sunday. One was punched once and another four times. He needed medical help. The Age believes that one of the youths, who was not hit on Sunday, was also a witness at the August attack at Glicks restaurant and recognised the attacker. Sergeant Ken Douglas of St Kilda Police said the attack included racial and religious taunts. Afterwards the two offenders and two women got on a tram, then got off after abusing two women on the tram. The executive officer of the Anti-Defamation Commission, Manny Waks, said violent incidents in Melbourne had surged in the past two years and the Jewish community was feeling vulnerable. “Quite a number of people, including prominent members of the community, have told me they don’t wear Jewish-identifying clothes or ornaments for fear of the response,” Mr Waks said. “The more attacks happen the more acceptable they become in the wider community.”
And of course, the more acceptable anti-Semitism and racial hatred, the more likely such attacks will occur. Why Melbourne Knights / Melbourne Croatia Social Club, in particular, wants to throw its weight behind two local neo-Nazi groups is a question that deserves an answer. The fact that an attempt to include the fact of the Club’s support on Wikipedia was removed a day later suggests the Club/s may be somewhat reluctant to acknowledge their collaboration. Nevertheless, it’s real. And here is the offending sentence:
- “Locally, the club has shown sympathy for the far-right, and in October 2007 has even gone as far as hosting a white supremacist gig by the neo-nazi and racist group Blood And Honour.”