Sydney Jewish Schools on High Alert After 8 Men Storm School Bus, Shout 'Kill the Jews'

Drunk men threaten to cut children's throats, shout 'Heil Hitler'; Jewish Board of Deputies working with police to put security measures in place.

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A rally in Sydney against the Israel-Gaza fighting, held August 3, 2014.
A rally in Sydney against the Israel-Gaza fighting, held August 3, 2014. Credit: AFP

Jewish schools in Sydney, Australia, were on high alert Wednesday after eight drunk men stormed a school bus carrying children home from Jewish schools in the city and threatened to cut their throats, Sydney's Daily Telegraph reported Wednesday.

The men shouted "Heil Hitler" and "Kill the Jews," the report said.

"We were panicked and crying," said Noah, a 12-year-old boy sitting on the back of the bus. "When they got off the bus they said 'Fuck Jews' and 'Stop taking over Palestine' and 'We will kill you and cut your throats.'"

The New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies condemned the incident.

"We are deeply disturbed by this incident and are working with the police and the state government to ensure that proper and adequate security measures are put in place," said Board of Deputies CEO Vic Alhadeff.

Jacqui Blackburn, a Sydney woman whose three daughters – aged 8, 10 and 12 – were riding the bus at the time, told the Telegraph that one of her children called her in a panic from the bus, saying, "Hey Mummy, please help us, there are eight strange men who have been let on to a school bus and they are screaming 'Heil Hitler! Kill the Jews!' They want to cut out our throats."

The children on the bus attend the Mount Sinai, Moriah and Emanuel schools in Sydney's Bondi neighborhood.

Last month, about 5,000 pro-Palestinian supporters took part in a rally that brought Sydney’s business district to a standstill, bearing placards with slogans such as “Israel: Using one Holocaust to continue another since 1948," “One Holocaust doesn’t justify another" and “Netanyahu: Modern-day Hitler.”

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