Australian Teen anti-Semite Punished With Visit to Jewish Museum

The teen boarded a school bus at shouted racist insults at Jewish children with a group of friends.

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An anti-Semitic teenager will visit the Sydney Jewish Museum as part of an agreed settlement with the New South Wales police and the Sydney Jewish community.

The offender was among the gang of drunken youths who boarded a bus in Sydney on August 6 carrying Jewish pupils from Moriah College, Mount Sinai College and Emanuel School. The gang then intimidated the children, some as young as six, with threats of slitting their throats and chants of “Kill the Jews,” and “Heil Hitler.”

They were reportedly drunk, the Herold said.

The incident made headline news, with some leaders linking it to the war in Gaza. “It is completely unacceptable and morally repugnant to scapegoat or hold responsible Jewish Australians, including children, for events overseas,” the Executive Council of Australian Jewry said at the time.

Police, however, said they did not believe the kids were targeted because they were Jews.

All five offenders were minors. Two received cautions, and the other two were let off. The youth justice conference was held solely for one gang member whose offences were too serious for a caution.

Alongside the victim and her parents were NSW Jewish Board of Deputies chief executive officer Vic Alhadeff, who was representing the other victims, a police officer, social worker, and the offender’s parents.

The offender expressed regret and remorse, Alhadeff told Haaretz.

After consultation with the victim’s family, Alhadeff was asked to suggest remedial action, which was accepted by the offender.

He said the conference offered closure to the 12-year-old victim who was present. “It gave her an opportunity to question the offender, to hear from him and to hear him express remorse for his actions,” Alhadeff said.

“At the same time, he could hear directly from some of those affected as to the impact of his actions.”

As a part of his punishment the teenager already attended a "justice conference" in which he was faced with one of his victims and her family, the Herald reported. It was also recommended that teen read books by Holocaust survivors such as Primo Levi's "If This Is A Man" and attend a family Shabbat meal.

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