A Rabbi in Melbourne was forced to defend himself from a man screaming “go back to Israel” and “swear to Allah” outside a synagogue yesterday. The enraged man cornered the orthodox Jew and then slapped him outside the Adass Synagogue in Elsternwick. A a video was then posted to the IDF Training Facebook page in Israel. In the clip, an agitated man can be seen screaming at the Jewish man to “go back to Israel.” “I am from Australia,” the Jewish man responded.
In an additional incident, a man tried to grab a Jewish man around the neck, and was then tackled by a group of onlookers in religious dress. The group calmly restrained the attacker until police arrived later. Witnesses say the man appeared to be under the influence of alcohol or substances. The man was charged and will appear in court on January 19, according to reports.
By: Michael Schwartz