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Diana Bagnall on rising anti-Semitism in Australia:

Last week, in the rabbi’s residence annexed to the Parramatta synagogue, western Sydney, a boy was born, the seventh child of Yoseph Wernick and his wife Aliza. Half an hour later, there was an almighty crash. A sign, unmistakably. Rabbi Wernick went to the window but saw no one. Five or six chunks of cement had been pitched at the synagogue’s front door, cracking the toughened glass. Two weeks earlier, on the evening of July 30, vandals hurled a concrete block through the family’s back door, and smashed up two parked cars. Neighbours said they’d seen about 10 men laughing and running down a nearby street after the attack.

Australian Jews keep count of anti-Semitic incidents, month by month, state by state. Jeremy Jones, the longstanding record-keeper and immediate past president of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, says the usual monthly average is about 25. In July he received 141 written reports of attacks, and they’re not all in yet.

Must be that “backlash” we’re always hearing about.

Posted by Tim B. on 08/23/2006 at 10:38 AM
    1. We demand more armed guards and police prOtection for MOSQUES.

      Posted by stats on 2006 08 23 at 11:12 AM • permalink


    1. Drat those Jews, they just will keep having babies!  And they know it threatens the Muslim demographic.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 08 23 at 11:32 AM • permalink


    1. Muslims are just great arent they, taking their poisonous crap with them everywhere they go.

      Posted by phillip on 2006 08 23 at 11:46 AM • permalink


    1. On behalf of the silent majority of Austrayans can I apologise please?

      Posted by crash on 2006 08 23 at 12:02 PM • permalink


    1. 3 phillip

      Muslims are just great arent they, taking their poisonous crap with them everywhere they go.

      And with a lot of help from their friends on the Left and to be fair, extremes of the Right, “their poisonous crap” is global and it works.

      The rest just sit, watch and wonder why.

      Posted by El Cid on 2006 08 23 at 12:09 PM • permalink


    1. [rant]

      A colleague at work is an Iraqi and fairly devout muslim. He dresses western, though and is quite personable; I don’t know about his wife’s dress. Anyway…

      He has a brother-in-law who lives in Sydney, also an electronic engineer. Apparently, he hasn’t found a job in his profession for 6 years.

      I suggest that he maybe should be looking at Melbourne or Adelaide as there appears to be more electronic industry opportunity there. His response…

      That he lives in Sydney as there is the community support there and it is difficult to live outside that. What I read from this is…

      He is trying to live in an islamic society with mosque and traditional arab societal norms, while wanting the benefits of emigrating to a Western society.

      Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2006 08 23 at 12:38 PM • permalink


    1. #6. Your interpretation is correct.  I know several immigrants from the ME.  All think that America is too socially liberal, and that our freedoms go too far, and, generally, have nothing good to say about this country.  They are not here because they want to live in freedom; they are here because America is the land of the quick buck.  And if given the choice, I don’t believe that they would hesitate one second to stab this country in the back.

      Posted by Mark Razak on 2006 08 23 at 12:58 PM • permalink


    1. Let’s not jump to conclusions here, people. Does Ant have an alibi? Or are there any
      Presbies or their fellow travellers in the neighbourhood?

      That, at least, is what one 27-year-old from Saudi Arabia believes. “It’s all a Protestant crusade,” the man explains. “All of northern Germany is Protestant, isn’t it? And so is President Bush.” Then the man launches into a melange of confusing arguments and historical facts. The bubonic plague, Martin Luther and former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl all make a cameo. It’s all connected somehow, the man is sure of it.

      More at LGF.

      Posted by andycanuck on 2006 08 23 at 03:15 PM • permalink


    1. The really sad thing, is the actual statistics are probably higher.

      A lot of religious Jews are so used to having a carload of thugs leaving Bondi Beach (en route to Bankstown) every Fri/Sat night shout “fucking Jews” etc. they don’t even bother reporting it any more.

      Posted by Dan Lewis on 2006 08 23 at 07:38 PM • permalink


    1. #6,

      He is trying to live in an islamic society with mosque and traditional arab societal norms, while wanting the benefits of emigrating to a Western society.

      It is called wanting to have your cake and eat it too.

      Those in the Caliphate threw out the logic of Aristotle so they have forgotten that, in nature, A is A.  One cannot have one’s cake and eat it.  There will be trouble if one tries, because unlike man’s courts, Reality does concern itself about Justice, and it does so without even trying; that is just the way the laws of nature work.  No matter how hard he tries, man simply cannot get around them.  Bacon said it:  Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed.  Regardless of whatever fantasies a man may attempt to live by, he is a part of nature and nature will always have the last word.

      Posted by saltydog on 2006 08 23 at 11:54 PM • permalink


    1. “the seventh child of Yoseph Wernick and his wife Aliza.”
      Keep up the good work, Rabbi and wife, you’ve got the Moslems as major competition you know.

      Posted by Barrie on 2006 08 24 at 01:37 AM • permalink


    1. Maybe we can change the headline to:

      Muslims warn of backlash against Jews for tomorrows Islamic terrorist attack

      Posted by murph on 2006 08 24 at 04:13 AM • permalink


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