Greens candidate boycotts forum hosted by Zionism Victoria

A GREENS candidate for an inner Melbourne seat has been accused of “bigotry” for boycotting a political forum organised by Jewish groups.

Stephanie Hodgins-May announced she would not take part in a Melbourne Ports candidates’ debate because one co-host was Zionism Victoria. The electorate boasts one of the largest Jewish communities in Australia.

The organisation said last night it was “deeply disappointed” by the “ill-informed prejudice” of the candidate.

Ms Hodgins-May said she withdrew because of Zionism Victoria’s political views such as “labelling the UN as a nuisance and sham”.

Sitting Labor MP Michael Danby lashed out at his opponent for her “shameful” withdrawal and demanded she be sacked by the Greens.

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