Australian anti-Semitic attack spurs KKL-JNF emergency meeting

( The World Chairman of Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF) plans to convene an emergency meeting between the organization’s international representatives after four members of the Jewish Behar family and a JNF education representative were physically attacked in Bondi Beach, Australia by eight young males shouting anti-Semitic comments.

A Jewish family and a Jewish National Fund (JNF) representative were attacked in Bondi Beach near Sydney,  Australia Saturday. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

“The violent Sydney attack which came just hours after an anti-Israel protest in Denver, Colorado, as well as demonstrations in France and Belgium, require that we address the situation immediately,” said KKL-JNF World Chairman Efi Stenzler, the European Jewish Press reported.

After the attack 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. 

The Behar family also issued a statement of thanks. “Our objective at this time is not vengeance, but justice and concern,” the family’s statement said Monday according to Israel National News. Public support “is deeply appreciated and reminds us that what occurred is not what Australia is about.”

Posted on October 29, 2013 .