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Jewish-owned golf course vandalised with ‘sickening’ Nazi swastikas, homophobic slurs and an ugly penis

Emma Powys Maurice May 21, 2020
Golf course vandalised with Nazi swastikas and homophobic slurs

Cranbourne Golf Club was defaced with Nazi imagery and homophobic slurs (Image supplied/ADC)

Police in Australia have launched an investigation after bigoted vandals plastered a Jewish-owned golf course with with Nazi swastikas and a homophobic slur.

Staff and members arriving at the Cranbourne Golf Club in Victoria on the morning of May 21 were shocked by the ugly scene before them.

The fourth green had been extensively damaged by vandals spray painting directly onto the grass. Accompanying the huge Nazi symbols were the words “Golf fags” and a crude drawing of a penis.

The club on Melbourne’s south-eastern outskirts was founded in 1953 by Jewish golfers for minority groups banned and discriminated against by other clubs.

Witnesses reported the “disgusting” and “cowardly” graffiti to Australia’s Anti-Defamation Commission. The group’s chairman Dvir Abramovich condemned it as yet “another sickening” attack.

“Another day, another sickening and chilling incident of swastika vandalism, and if this hate spree continues, Melbourne will soon be known as the swastika capital of Australia,” he said in a statement.

“This is not just graffiti on the ground – it is an attack on all of us, and I never I thought I’d say this, but this is becoming the norm.”

He called on the Victoria state government to organise a roundtable to find measures to “fight against this toxic bigotry”.

The green was extensively damaged with a homophobic slur (Image supplied/ADC)
(Image supplied/ADC)

The golf club reopened to its 815 members last week after Victoria eased coronavirus lockdown restrictions. It has now had to close the damaged section of the course while the graffiti is removed, which has been a difficult process, said the club’s manager Cameron Mott.

“It’s frustrating, ignorant behaviour,” he told the Daily Mail Australia, urging the vandals to “have more respect for others.”

The incident is believed to have occurred between 7pm on Tuesday and 9am on Wednesday. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact local police. You can also contact Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1800 333 000.

More: Australia, graffiti, Homophobia, Melbourne, Nazi, swastika

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