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Antisemitism up 24 per cent across Australia

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Antisemitism up 24 per cent across Australia

The report found the worst state for antisemitic abuse in the country was NSW, with a staggering 286 incidents (63 per cent) in the 2019 calendar year.

 

Antisemitic graffiti on a Jewish-owned cafe in Chadstone last July.

Antisemitic graffiti on a Jewish-owned cafe in Chadstone last July.

A GROUP of Jewish school students threatened with a knife by a man stating, “I will remember your faces”; a synagogue staff member receiving an email warning, “Someone asked me to kill you”; and Jews attacked with eggs, cans and bottles as they walked on the street.

These are some of the 451 instances of antisemitic behaviour in Australia reported to the Community Security Group (CSG) last year, revealed in a new report released last week which saw a 24 per cent increase in reported incidents from 2018.

The report, authored by CSG NSW in consultation with other CSGs across Australia, found the worst state for antisemitic abuse in the country was NSW, with a staggering 286 incidents (63 per cent).

This was followed by 127 incidents in Victoria, 18 in Queensland, 16 in Western Australia and four in the ACT.

While there were no incidents reported to CSG in South Australia, Tasmania or the Northern Territory, the group warned it is “highly likely that there is significant under-reporting of antisemitic incidents to CSG and law enforcement in Australia”.

“As a result, the number of antisemitic incidents is likely to be higher than recorded in this report,” the study said.

In addition to the 451 antisemitic incidents, a further 617 incidents of suspicious activity were reported.

The report found 49 per cent of incidents took place during a Jewish festival period or Shabbat.

Notably, 21 per cent of incidents took place during the High Holy Days. The average number of antisemitic incidents every month in 2019 was 38.

Extreme right discourse was reported in 170 antisemitic incidents, constituting 40 per cent of the total incidents reported, and signalling a 42 per cent increase compared to the 71 incidents containing far-right discourse in 2018. This includes neo-Nazi discourse or symbology such as Sieg Heil gestures and swastika graffiti. 

Among the most severe cases was a 12-year-old Jewish student physically and verbally abused at a Victorian public school, where he was punched in the face, had skin gouged out of his shoulder, and was bruised on the whole left side of his back, requiring hospital treatment for his injuries. 

During the attack, the offender shouted that the boy was a “cooked up Jewish c**t”. The same boy was forced to kiss the feet of a Muslim student, as reported by The AJN last October.

Other major incidents included a threat to conduct a shooting at Sydney’s Central Synagogue last April; a bottle of alcohol thrown at an identifiably Jewish family walking home from synagogue in Melbourne last February; threats to bomb and burn down synagogues; and a Jewish organisation in Sydney receiving an email last March stating, “Me and my friends already purchased 6 automatic rifles, we plan to kill hundreds of Jewish students on the eve of Purim.”

CSG NSW head of security Matthew Meyerson said, “As the threat environment continues to evolve, CSG’s role in the provision of security protection to the Australian Jewish community remains essential.”

He added, “We would like to remind you of the importance of reporting. If you experience or see an antisemitic incident, or see something suspicious or that seems out of place or concerning, report it to us. Don’t assume that someone else has reported it.”

CSG: 1300 000 274

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Nine people have been arrested following an investigation into an IED detonation that injured a woman in Sydney’s inner west earlier this year.

On Monday 8 June 2020, a woman was inside her home on Robert Street, Canterbury, when she noticed a fire on the front balcony about 11.20pm.

The woman walked outside to investigate and when she tried to extinguish the fire, an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated.

The 55-year-old woman was treated at the scene, before being taken to Concord Hospital for treatment of burns to her face, hands, chest and legs.

A 19-year-old man who was also home at the time was uninjured.

Detectives from Burwood Police Area Command established Strike Force Shalimah to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Following extensive inquiries, strike force investigators, with assistance from Auburn, Fairfield and Campsie Police Area Commands and Central Metropolitan Region ODIN, attended homes across Sydney from about 7am today (Thursday 13 August 2020), and arrested eight males, aged between 17 and 20.

They were taken to Mascot, Bankstown, Burwood and Fairfield Police Stations.

Search warrants were executed at three homes in Zetland, Concord and Fairfield, where officers seized clothing, phones and other items relevant to the investigation.

Just before 9am, an 18-year-old man was arrested after attending Mascot Police Station

Inquiries continue.

Anyone with information that can assist Strike Force Shalimah investigators are urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.



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You may have already seen Mary's awesome creation of the Queensland Ambulance Service badge on their Facebook page, but she has put her talent to the test again to create the QPS Service logo completely out of LEGO.

Mary said that she her artwork was her way of thanking those on the frontline for keeping everyone safe during the ongoing COVID-19 response efforts.

Thank you, Mary! Can't wait to see what you come up with next 💙





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Police are seeking the assistance of the public to help track down a tradie's stolen tools.

Between 10pm on Tuesday 11 and 10am on Wednesday 12 August, a shed at a Port Noarlunga home was broken into and a stack of AEG toolboxes were stolen.

The toolboxes contained thousands of dollars' worth of hand and power tools. All tools are engraved with the owner's name and phone number on the battery clip, under where the battery is attached. The surname on the engraving is "Jongenelis".

The tools are mostly Milwaukee brand, with a few others, including Bosch.

Police believe the theft relates to an ongoing crime series in the Port Noarlunga and Christies Beach area and ask people to keep an eye out for suspicious behaviour, and report it to police on 131 444, day or night.

Anyone with information about the stolen tools can report it via Crime Stoppers South Australia on 1800 333 000 or online at www.crimestopperssa.com.au




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