Nazi hate symbols placed in front of a Jewish house of worship on the day of remembrance of the victims of the Holocaust
- Flyers with swastikas and anti-Jewish slurs hung in front of the Shalom Temple
- The attack occurred as the community gathered to commemorate the Holocaust
- One person whose family survived the Holocaust was among the targets
- Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, a Jew, was also a target of the heinous attack
An Australian Jewish community was subjected to a despicable anti-Semitic attack on the day they gathered at a Holocaust memorial temple.
Flyers bearing swastikas and vile anti-Jewish slurs were posted to a pole in front of the Shalom Temple on the Gold Coast island of Capri on Sunday.
Copies of the flyers – which also attacked Jewish Treasurer Josh Frydenberg – were also placed in mailboxes at local homes, including to a person whose family survived the Holocaust.
Rabbi Adi Cohen said the attack would “create fear” among members of the community.
A swastika was depicted on one of the heinous leaflets used to attack a Jewish community on the Gold Coast
The leaflets were put out as the community gathered to mark Yom HaShoah – the Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Six million Jews were killed in the Holocaust.
The person, whose family survived the Holocaust, said she is now considering moving to Israel with her family and that Australia is no longer safe for Jews.
The hate attack also referred to the federal election campaign. Insults on the leaflets said Australian politics was “Jew-dominated” and that Scott Morrison was their “puppet”.
It accompanied pictures of Treasurer Frydenberg along with other cabinet members.
“It is a great disgrace that the Treasurer of our country must be offered strict personal protection, not because he is the Treasurer but because he is a Jew,” Mr Morrison told Parliament last November as Mr Frydenberg was stepping up his security.
But Rabbi Cohen said the Shalom Temple community would not be intimidated.
The Shalom Temple (pictured) on the island of Capri in the Gold Coast has been attacked by anti-Semites
Abominable anti-Semitic leaflets (pictured) were taped to a pole opposite a Jewish temple (pictured background).
“Gone are the days when the Jews were victims,” he told News Corp.
“I’m not intimidated. I will not give in to terrorism or fear… This is a place of refuge, a place of worship and spirituality, not a place of fear and hatred.”
Rabbi Cohen said it was important to note that the attack took place during the federal election campaign.
One poster (pictured) used despicable anti-Semitic slurs to attack a Queensland Jewish community and also members of the federal government
“Whether it’s aimed at Jews, Muslims, Chinese or any other ethnicity or religion, it’s just plain unacceptable in Australian society.”
The use of a swastika is not currently illegal in Queensland, but the issue is under investigation.
A February report to the state legislature recommended making the display of hate symbols, such as the swastika, a punishable offence.
Adi Cohen (pictured) is the rabbi of a Gold Coast temple who was the target of an anti-Semitic attack on a day when the community gathered to commemorate the Holocaust