Australian Anti-Semitic Attack Victims Thank Public for Support
JNS.org – Members of a Jewish family attacked in an anti-Semitic assault at a popular beach town near Sydney, Australia Saturday have issued a statement of thanks.
“We thank G-d that we are alive….Our objective at this time is not vengeance, but justice and concern….and we are concerned about the need for the education of future generations about the importance of goodwill and tolerance,” a statement by the Behar family said according to the Israel National News.
Four members of the family and an education representative of the Jewish National Fund (JNF) were physically attacked in Bondi Beach by eight young males shouting anti-Semitic comments. The victims were taken to St. Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney with concussions, fractured bones, lacerations and bruises. Three men were later arrested near the scene.
In their statement the family thanked the police, hospital and emergency staff, and local residents who came to their aid. They also thanked Australian politicians and religious organizations. “The support is deeply appreciated and reminds us that what occurred is not what Australia is about,” the statement also said.