Sydney Alleged anti-Semitic Attacker Pleads Not Guilty

A 26-year-old man is one of four arrested in connection with brutal assault of four Jews in Sydney suburb.

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An alleged perpetrator of the October anti-Semitic attack in suburban Sydney pleaded not guilty on Tuesday.

Spartaco Marciano Di Bella, 23, appeared in court Tuesday and was charged with affray — fighting in a public place that disturbs the peace. His bail was continued until January 13, when the magistrate ordered the next hearing.

Di Bella, who was on crutches, said he felt remorse for the victims, according to reports.

Five Orthodox Jews were attacked by a gang of youths on October 26 as they walked home from a Shabbat dinner in Bondi. Four of the victims were members of the Behar family; the fifth was Shlomo BenHaiem, an emissary for the Jewish National Fund.

Australian Jewish officials described the assault as the worst anti-Semitic incident of its kind since records began being kept in 1989.

Another suspected member of the gang, Robert Clifford, 26, has pleaded not guilty and remains in custody. Clifford was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and having a knife in a public place.

Two 17-year-old males also were charged but cannot be named because they are minors.

JNF emissary Shlomo Ben Haeim, after being attacked in Sydney in October, 2014. Credit: Henry Benjamin

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