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Antisemitism and Jewish children and youth in Australia’s Capital Territory schools

Ben-Moshe, Danny and Halafoff, Anna 2014, Antisemitism and Jewish children and youth in Australia’s Capital Territory schools, Social inclusion, vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 47-56.

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Title Antisemitism and Jewish children and youth in Australia’s Capital Territory schools
Author(s) Ben-Moshe, Danny
Halafoff, Anna
Journal name Social inclusion
Volume number 2
Issue number 2
Start page 47
End page 56
Total pages 10
Publisher Cogitatio Press
Place of publication Lisbon, Portugal
Publication date 2014-08
ISSN 2183-2803
Keyword(s) anti-racism
anti-Semitism
Australia
children
education
interfaith
Jewish
religion
schools
social inclusion
youth
Summary Issues pertaining to religion and Australian schools have generated a significant amount of controversy and scholarly attention in recent years, and much of the attention in the religion and schools debate has focused on Muslim and non-religious children’s experiences (Erebus International, 2006; Halafoff, 2013). This article, by contrast, explores the manifestations of antisemitism as experienced by Jewish children and youth in Canberra schools. It considers the characteristics of antisemitism; when and why it occurs; its impact on the Jewish children and young people; and also the responses to it by them, the schools and the Jewish community. Based on focus groups with the Jewish students and their parents, the study reveals that antisemitism is common in Canberra schools, as almost all Jewish children and youth in this study have experienced it. The findings from this study suggest that there is a need for more anti-racism education. Specifically there is an urgent need for educational intervention about antisemitism, alongside education about religions and beliefs in general, to counter antisemitism more effectively and religious discrimination more broadly in Australian schools.
Language eng
Field of Research 160803 Race and Ethnic Relations
160899 Sociology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 940111 Ethnicity, Multiculturalism and Migrant Development and Welfare
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2014, Cogitatio Press
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