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Arrests in Sydney Anti-Semitic Bus Incident

Five drunk teens boarded school bus yelling ‘Heil Hitler’ at Jewish students

Stephanie Butnick
August 07, 2014
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Five teens were arrested in Sydney, Australia, for boarding a bus carrying students from three Jewish private schools and yelling “Heil Hitler” and “Kill the Jews” before reportedly threatening to cut the children’s throats. JTA reports that all of the suspects in Tuesday’s incident were minors, who were drunk at the time of the incident, and not drunk men, as we reported yesterday.

The teens were able to board the bus, which was picking up students from from Mount Sinai, Moriah College Primary School, and the Emanuel School in Bondi, a suburb of Sydney, because they were also wearing school uniforms.

Police confirmed that the five minors were arrested Thursday morning but were too drunk to be interviewed. They were released into their parents’ custody and were expected to be interrogated by police later in the day, a police spokesman said.

Police are searching for several other youths believed to have been engaged in the incident, which has stunned the Jewish community here.

Stephanie Butnick is chief strategy officer of Tablet Magazine, co-founder of Tablet Studios, and a host of the Unorthodox podcast.