Anti-Semitism in AustraliaAlthough, for a long time, Australia was considered a very good and safe place for Jewish people to live, within recent years, anti-Semitism has risen significantly in the country.
- In 2013, a Jewish family of five, while walking home after attending synagogue and a Shabbat dinner in Sydney, were physically assaulted by a group of eight young males
- Ten months later, during the 2014 Israel-Gaza war, on a school bus in Sydney, around thirty Jewish students, ages 5-12 years, were subjected to physical and verbal threats by five male teenagers who abused them with yelled anti-Semitic slurs such as “all Jews must die”, “Heil Hitler”, and threats of “we’re going to slit your throats!”
- April 3, 2016 – Sydney – The Maroubra synagogue was spray painted with several swastikas
In addition to occasional physical attacks and threats, Australian Jews’ sense of security is affected by other factors such as occasional hostile media coverage of Jewish and Israeli issues, hostile political and online commentary, and anti-Israel propaganda and protests. The power of words, when given free, wild, and uncontrolled reign, can create an unfriendly, poisonous, and even deadly atmosphere for those who are targeted by racism. Words, alone, are capable of inciting hatred, violence, and even murder.