Abhorrent Anti-Jewish Flyers Distributed In Sydney

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By Athena Yenko | August 27, 2014 11:16 AM EST

Anti-semitic flyers were anonymously dropped into residents' letterboxes across houses in eastern Sydney.

According to Vic Alhadeff, chief executive of the New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies, residents of Bondi and Double Bay found the racist flyers on Monday.

Police are currently investigating who could probably be distributing the flyers, which contain strong, hateful messages against the Jewish people, inlcuding: "Jews have been kicked out of countries 109 times through history. Could it be that having them in a European country is harmful to the host?"

"The content is a scurrilous compilation of racist stereotypes, which is all too predictable from neo-Nazi organisations," Alhadeff told The Guardian.

The flyers alluded a far-right group known for its motto, "white pride worldwide." 

John Robertson, the NSW opposition leader, described the flyers as "abhorrent and had no place in Australia," The Guardian reports.

Anti-Semitism is lately becoming mainstream and, according to Alhadeff, it had been on a "disturbing rise" in Australia. This is evident from the racial abuse against schoolchildren that happened on Aug. 7, when six intoxicated teenagers rode a school bus to Bondi Junction, crying out "Heil Hitler, kill the Jews ... we're going to cut your throats" to children as young as five years old.

On Aug. 20, a bomb scare happened at the Jewish primary school The King David School, on Kooyong Rd, where it called for the evacuation of students. When the school principal, Marc Light, noticed a "suspicious-looking" vehicle parked outside the school premises, he quickly notified the police.

The Bomb Response Unit arrived at the scene and after investigation, it was declared a false alarm. Mr. Light, however, was neither apologetic nor embarrassed by the false alarm.

"There was a recent incident in Sydney and I think that raised concern among parents and we wanted to assure them we are following regular protocols. We haven't had any specific threat to the school or to our students whatsoever. We are just talking every precaution to maintain the safety of our students," Light said.

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