No particular threat terrorises Sydney’s Jews

Caption: When this is how Jewish kids in Sydney have to get to school, something is very, very wrong.

It seems that Sydney’s Jewish population is worried about something.

Remember how outraged “progressive” types were, at Donald Trump’s suggestion of having armed guards at schools? Jewish schools in Sydney have armed security guards. Now they’re getting more. Quote:

Scott Morrison aims $2.2m pledge at large Jewish vote in Wentworth

Jewish schools and institutions in NSW will receive $2.2 million in security funding from the federal government as Scott Morrison woos the community ahead of next weekend’s by-election in the Sydney seat of Wentworth.

With more than 14 per cent of Wentworth residents identifying as Jewish, Dave Sharma, the Liberal candidate and former Australian ambassador to Israel, met with Jewish community leaders in Sydney on Tuesday to deliver early news of the funding allocation. End of quote.

Bondi is a traditional epicentre of Jewry in Sydney. Last year, a planning application for a synagogue in Bondi was refused by the local council. The reason? The “potential terrorist threat”. Quote:

According to the 2016 census, more than 18,000 residents in Wentworth reported Judaism as their religious affiliation. The seat in Sydney’s eastern suburbs is the home of numerous Jewish schools, synagogues and community buildings…

“We thank the government for understanding the needs of our community as this grant will go a significant way to ensuring Jews can continue to observe their faith in safety and contribute to Australian society,” [NSW Jewish Board of Deputies CEO Vic Alhadeff ] said.

The Executive Council of Australian Jewry called the funding “a much needed initiative to assist the Jewish community to meet its ever increasing security costs”. End of quote.

It seems as though there’s just something going on in Sydney that’s making Jews afraid.

A number of Jewish schools were subject to bomb threats in 2016. Earlier this year, Sydney University’s student magazine emblazoned its cover with a celebration of terrorist Hamida al-Taher, and claimed that Israel was “not even a real country”. The same university was also the scene of a violent anti-Israel demonstration, where a professor abused an elderly Jewish woman while waving money in her face. The university is a hub of the “BDS” movement, whose “aims, rhetoric and actions…show it is a campaign steeped in anti-Semitism”. Quote:

“Ensuring the safety and security of all its citizens is the first duty of any government,” ECAJ CEO Peter Wertheim said.

Dr [Kerryn] Phelps, who had a full-page ad in last week’s edition of The Australian Jewish News, is Jewish.

“It is something very much needed and governments should always do what they can to ensure safety for all communities,” she told The Australian. End of quote.

Sydney has Australia’s largest population of Muslims. Public transport users in Sydney were advised against wearing Christian crosses, after attacks on trains by Muslims assaulting people, and ripping off their crosses and stamping on them. The majority of perpetrators of anti-Semitic incidents in Sydney were Muslim. In fact, Muslims in Sydney are over 25 times more likely to perpetrate an anti-Semitic incident than anyone else. Quote:

Labor candidate for Wentworth Tim Murray said the issue of Jewish security funding was “above partisan politics”. “I welcome this overdue recognition of the need to strengthen the security for Jewish schools and synagogues,’’ he said. End of quote.

It seems that Sydney’s Jews have something to be afraid of, but no-one wants to say what.

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