Bondi Beach swastikas incident Sunday, February 10, 2019
Sydney – Bondi Beach locals and tourists were faced with shocking scenes this morning, with street art covered in the racist, anti Semitic swastika symbols.
Up to 30 swastikas were spray painted by unknown vandals overnight across various locations.
NSW Jewish Board of Deputies president Lesli Berger told JewishNews.net.au that the local Jewish community was appalled.
“To say that the Jewish community is appalled at this expression of wanton racism is a severe understatement,” Berger said.
“The swastika represents the ultimate in race hatred and all Australians of goodwill will stand together in condemning this shocking display.”
Local Federal Member Kerryn Phelps expressed outrage on behalf of the community.
“The Wentworth community is united in outrage by the news that thirty swastikas were graffitied on the murals around Bondi Beach overnight. There is no place for anti-Semitism in Australia,” Phelps said.
Dave Sharma, a Liberal Party member likely running at the next Federal Election expressed his dismay.
“What an abominable, intolerant and shameful act. Anti-semitism, racism, and hatred in all its forms has no place in our community, Sharma wrote.
Sydney Jewish leader Alex Ryvchin also expresses outrage at the insensitively of the racist act, especially in a part of Sydney known for its large, vibrant local Jewish community.
“Appalled to see Sydney’s Bondi Beach, the jewel of our city and an area home to tens of thousands of Jews, daubed in swastikas. Whether the act of some small-minded buffoons or further evidence of growing far-right activity, this must be stamped out for the good of our society.” He said on twitter.
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NSW Police are investigating, ABC News said.