Swastikas daubed in Bondi

POLICE are appealing for witnesses after 15 swastikas drawn in permanent black marker were located on Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach, on Tuesday (August 9).

The swastikas were drawn on the footpath, bus shelter, poles, benches and electrical boxes and span the eastern (beach side) footpath between Beach Road and Hall Street.

One of the benches with swastikas drawn on also had the words “Not white not right” written in black permanent marker.

The vandalism has reportedly since been removed.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said he was “appalled” at the anti-Semitic graffiti.

“This is a vicious attempt to intimidate and insult the Jewish community and seeks to undermine the harmony of all Australians,” Turnbull said.

“This hateful vandalism has absolutely no place in our society, and those responsible should be held accountable.”

Superintendent Jason Box, Commander of the Eastern Suburbs Local Area Command said, “The NSW Police Force takes crimes that are motivated by hatred or prejudice very seriously and any such crimes will not be tolerated.

“If you are a witness or victim, and you experience any incidents such as this, we encourage you to report to police as soon as possible.”

NSW Jewish Board of Deputies CEO Vic Alhadeff told The AJN: “How very disappointing that there are those who feel the need to express their bigotry in this way.

“A swastika is more than graffiti; it represents the ultimate in racial hatred.”

Any person with information is urged to contact Waverley Police Station on 9369 9899, or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

AJN STAFF