By Dan Goldberg, June 4, 2009
Maccabi Australia has abandoned a controversial plan to ban non-Jews from competing in its sports teams.
The board of Australian Jewry’s largest member organisation decided last month to enforce its constitutional right, insisting that it would be an exclusively Jewish club by December 31, 2010.
Clubs that did not abide by the directive would have been disaffiliated from the roof body. Australia’s Equal Opportunity Act allows clubs to discriminate in order to preserve a minority culture.
But a backlash from within the Jewish community prompted the board to recant.