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‘Free Palestine!’ Gang Attacks Jewish School Children on Bus in Sydney

A pro-Palestinian gang of anti-Semitic teens threatened to kill children on a school bus in Sydney, Australia.

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As new reports of anti-Semitism continue to flood the media, an especially troubling attack in Sydney, Australia has made headlines around the world.

A group of Jewish children and their parents were traumatized Wednesday by an attack by a gang of eight anti-Semitic teens who boarded a government school bus.

Dozens of the children were trapped in the school bus when the gang started hurling anti-Semitic threats and other verbal abuse at the children on Wednesday.

As the bus traveled towards the Sydney suburb of Bondi, drunken gang members yelled, “Kill the Jews,” and “Free Palestine,” “Palestine, Palestine, You’ve taken over our country, what do you want with our country,” and “Heil Hitler.”

The children, ages five to 12, were all from Jewish schools in Sydney’s eastern suburbs – Mount Sinai College, Emanuel School and Moriah College. They were not physically harmed but all were badly traumatized.

The bus is not open to members of the public, officials said. Parents picked up their children from Rose Bay and gave statements to police. But the bus driver cursed at a parent who questioned why he allowed the gang members to board in the first place.

Jackie Blackburn, the parent who questioned the driver, spoke with several members of the media. She told the Daily Mail Australia, “He was very rude to me, he swore at me and he wouldn’t give me any information. I said: ‘Mate, the police are onto you, they are all over the roads.’ He told me to f— off.’ “ The same gang had apparently targeted an earlier bus traveling from the same three Jewish schools, Blackburn said, and had kicked at the door, but were not allowed to board.

Blackburn told Channel 9, that her eldest daughter, age 12, was distraught and said the gang members were threatening to slit the children’s throats. The group knocked the phone out of her daughter’s hand, she said, but a friend found it and called her.

She raced to the scene, she said, and was “actually chasing the bus, I was just saying to the kids, ‘Where are you? Where are you?’”

The offenders got off the bus on Bronte Road at Bondi Junction, police said; they were identified after officers reviewed the CCTV footage on the bus.

Victor Dominello, Minister for Citizenship and Communities, made it clear government officials would pursue the case. “The people of NSW will never excuse it,” he said. “We are lucky to live in one of the most harmonious multicultural societies in the world but we must never be complacent. It is incumbent upon all citizens to expose those whose actions are based on racial hatred and who seek to import overseas conflict onto our streets.”

Five of the teens, ages 15 to 17, were arrested by New South Wales state police early Thursday and questioned in connection with the attack. A sixth is still being sought, police said.

The five were later released into their parents’ custody without being charged, pending further investigation, according to Associated Press.

The youths were “too drunk to be interviewed at the time,” according to police superintendent Jason Box, the Eastern Suburbs local area commander, who spoke with The Sydney Morning Herald.

“I’ve been informed that some of the six juveniles had bus passes and were in partial school uniform and I can only assume that the bus driver believed that they were school children due to their age and what they were wearing and that bus passes were produced,” Box told local media.

Hana Levi Julian

About the Author: Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

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  1. I’m Australian and I stand with Israel. I’m so ashamed of this. Never should of happened!

  2. I hope the media knows how to stop the fire they turned on !

  3. Erin Clarke says:

    Its times like this that im ashamed to be an australian. I live in melbourne, but it seems we are not safe anywhere.

  4. Evil.. Islamic terrorist evil must vanish in these world .. But sad to say only ISREAL has the pride and dignity to fight these sick terrorist.. Most country leaders are cowards and pro terrorist .. I hope Australian government won’t allow Islam to establish because they are a big threat

  5. This is what happens when you let arabs into your country!

  6. They are like viruses the arabs! Gangrene/infections…

  7. India too have good numbers of Jews population but I’m sure Modi govt. will leave no stone unturn to protect Jews. So far on incident as such happened in India. I’m so grateful. I support Israel.

  8. That’s the sign of desperation & hopelessness on the part of Hamas! Losers!

  9. this is terrible the Hate spreads.

  10. Vali Emiri says:

    It’s tertible!

  11. Disgusting throw them out of Australia!!

  12. Next time one of the haters claims “I don’t hate Jews, just Zionists”, this is proof that they’re full of . What do schoolchildren in in Australia have to do with Gaza? Nothing.

  13. Free Israel from arab Terrorists and Arabs:Peace in Israel!

  14. Pro jihah, pro Muslim, pro Islam, Muslim not Palestinian, jihad not Palestinian, Muslim not Palestinian, it is time to put the blame in the right places. This is not a Palestinian problem this is an Islam problem, this is Islam’s Jihad (holy war) at work. Islam is not trying to establish a Palestian State, it is establishing an Islam State which is a horse of a very different color.

  15. I’m Australian ( with Lebanese heritage ) and I stand with ISRAEL ~+~

  16. Isaac Kim says:

    Only God of Israel.Abraham.Jacob.and Isaac can free them from this hate-filled religion as well as from the extreme poverty and constant abuse from the terrorist regimes.

  17. Arab children dont lean on evil works be humility and understand. Be not paranoid be obedient and be intelligent.

  18. Cowards ummmmm drunken coward yobos.

  19. The australian goverment always proved to know how to act against this gangs,we hopoe the same for the courts;be proud of Australian societe and sorrow for few stupid students

  20. Jean Perles says:


  21. Jean Perles says:

    NO PALESTINE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. David Cutler says:

    They need to be deported.

  23. It makes sense they were wasted to have the liquid courage to do this! Where did they learn it from? Guess. Are their parents teaching them this is wrong, or how to not get caught ! ?

  24. You need to jail the parents for the anger is reflexed from there racist beliefs.

  25. 은 혜 says:

    Australia should deport them

  26. Pathetic gang of hoodlums! Need to be prosecuted to exemplify no tolerance for blind hatred.

  27. Elaine Stone says:

    There needs to be swift consequences from the school board and the parents of the teens. Hate crimes are still hate crimes no matter what age the perpetrators.

  28. This is just horrible.

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