A Neo-Nazi group which boarded a train at Melbourne’s Flinders Street Station on Saturday, after which a passenger was asked if he was Jewish, has been condemned by Jewish leaders and politicians.
Masked and in black clothing, the group gave Nazi salutes as they rampaged through Flinders Street Station and outside Parliament in the early hours of Saturday.
The disturbances, on the day of the Voice referendum and a week after the Hamas massacres, saw some 25 neo-Nazis gathering around 1.30am with an antisemitic banner, singing racist songs and shouting offensive slurs.
At Flinders Street Station, they boarded a Werribee line train, where they reportedly distributed National Socialist Alliance leaflets and intimidated passengers. One passenger was asked by a thug if he is Jewish.
Jewish Community Council of Victoria president Daniel Aghion, who notified Police Minister Anthony Carbines, said, “I am particularly distressed that a commuter carrying a blue-and-white handkerchief was confronted in an intimidating manner and asked if he was Jewish. Less than 80 years ago, Jews in Europe were approached in exactly this manner and were executed on the spot or hauled off to concentration camps.”
Zionism Victoria president Yossi Goldfarb said, “This Friday evening, the Victorian Jewish and Israeli community gathered peacefully, in prayer and song, to stand with Israel. The timing of this antisemitic event is not a coincidence. We will not be intimidated by these faceless thugs, who did not even dare show their faces.”
Stating her government “will always stand against antisemitism, hatred and racism”, Premier Jacinta Allan said, “We are making sure people who use these symbols and gestures to harass, intimidate and incite hate are held accountable.”
Caulfield MP and deputy Liberal leader David Southwick said, “The Jewish community are already on edge, with many living in fear. This is a shocking and dangerous incident that is contrary to Victoria’s identity as a tolerant and multicultural community.”
A neo-Nazi banner at Flinders St Station. Photo: Telegram