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December 15, 2014 11:37 am

Australian Jewish Institutions Under Lockdown Amid Sydney Hostage Crisis

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Jerusalem Post – Australian Jewish institutions have placed themselves under lockdown due to a hostage situation in Sydney involving Islamic militants, community sources announced Monday. There is so far no indication that local Jews are being targeted.

Australian Muslim leaders have condemned the taking of an indeterminate number of hostages in the city’s Lindt Chocolate Cafe by attackers who hoisted a black Islamic flag Sunday.

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  • Julian Clovelley

    In a suddenly popular move, via social media, by ordinary Australian people, the “I’ll ride with you” campaign has spontaneously started, where ordinary Australians express their willingness to ride with or to defend people, especially at this time of the muslim community, that are fearful of abuse or attack on public transport, or in public places. There have been fears of this in the wake of the Sydney siege.

    This is not just a move related to people of the muslim faith but one directed at all minorities that feel threatened in the present climate. It’s Australia’s way of saying we aren’t having that nonsense here

    It goes without saying that this applies to our treasured Jewish community friends too. We can only apologise that it took a very unpleasant event to get many here to recognise what one tweeter voiced as “your life means far more to us than your faith. I’ll ride with you”

    Is there perhaps a glimmer of hope for the world? Hundreds of thousands have already expressed support in a simple move to end racial and religious prejudice and abuse.

    Many posts appear on Twitter under the hashtag – #illridewithyou-

  • Any Country that takes in Muslems from Arab Countries should expect terrorist acts! The Muslems don’t assimilate, and only want to live like Muslems lived in 600 AD.