I am surprised by this news because you don’t hear much about violence against Jews in the Australian media:
Anti-Semitic incidents in Australia have reached record levels, according to a new report.
Jeremy Jones, a former president of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, told the annual general meeting of the umbrella organization on Monday that 652 reports of anti-Jewish violence, vandalism, harassment and intimidation were recorded by Australian Jewish organizations between Oct. 1, 2007 and Sept. 30, 2008.
The unprecedented results were a 2 percent increase over the 638 incidents recorded between 2006 and 2007.
“The latest 12-month period saw the highest-ever tally, at a rate close to twice the average of the previous 18 years,” said Jones, who has produced an annual report on anti-Semitism in Australia since 1989, in a statement.
Among the most severe instances of anti-Semitism cited in the new report were 58 incidents of physical assault, including Jewish youths who were attacked in Melbourne in October 2007; a Jewish teenager who was punched and vilified in Sydney in November 2007; an Orthodox man who was abused and punched in the face in Sydney in January 2008; and four Orthodox Jews in Perth who were physically assaulted in May 2008. [JTA]