Disturbing scenes have been emerging from Sydney, Australia as authorities drag Jewish citizens away and order pro-Israel protesters to stay home as radical Muslims flood the streets chanting “gas the Jews.”
Outside the iconic Sydney Opera House on Monday night, police allowed anti-Semitic protesters to burn the Star of David while shouting “f**k the Jews” and the “Allahu Akbar” chant that’s synonymous with Islamic terrorism.
Despite authorities giving the anti-Jewish protesters free rein, cops cracked down on pro-Israel demonstrations, with one protester arrested and dragged away by police for trying to fly an Israeli flag.
The “despicable” scenes have been roundly condemned by leaders from across the political spectrum.
The anti-Jewish rally was organized by the Palestine Action Group Sydney.
Vast numbers of pro-Hamas activists gathered at Town Hall in Sydney’s CBD on Monday evening before marching to the Opera House.
The sails of the Opera House were lit up in blue and white in support of Israel.
However, the sails were only lit up for a short time and the colors were muted.
Israeli supporters were forced to stay away, with some only being able to see the illumination from the other side of Circular Quay.
There were scenes of chaos at the Opera House as the demonstration was led by radical Muslims.
Pro-Hamas thugs wearing black masks gathered beneath the steps of the iconic harborside venue and threw lit flares at police while chanting “f*** Israel” and “gas the Jews.”
Police stood by as radical Muslims burned the Israel flag and shouted “f**k the Jews.”
The Daily Mail Australia witnessed a large crowd of men setting an Israeli flag alight with firecrackers before stamping on it and tearing it to shreds.
Cries of “Allahu Akbar” (God is great in Arabic) and “death to the Jews” rang out as some members of the crowd swarmed towards the police barrier, brandishing torn pieces of the Israeli flag.
The violent aggression flowed freely despite the rally organizers calling for protesters to respect the police.
Over 100 cops formed a ring of steel along the steps of the Opera House and didn’t intervene when flares or other projectiles were thrown at them by pro-Hamas activists.
Instead, they placed the lit flares in buckets of water as acrid smoke filled the air.
The hands-off approach toward radical activists is prompting accusations of bias given that pro-Israel protesters were arrested by police for attempting to wave the Israeli flag.
As protesters arrived at Town Hall earlier in the evening, a man clutching an Israeli flag was dragged away by three police officers for “disrupting the peace.”
He was dragged away before he even had a chance to unfurl the flag.
In a video of the incident shared on Twitter/X, the man can be heard repeatedly saying “I’ve done nothing wrong.”
An officer told him: “You’ve been arrested in relation to a breach of the peace.”
A speaker then told the booing crowd: “Zionists don’t deserve our attention.”
NSW Police arrest a Sydney man for waving an Israel flag near a pro-Palestine rally and charge him with breach of the peace. Extraordinarily unfair censorship considering hundreds of Israeli civilians were just murdered in a brutal terror attack. He can’t protest? pic.twitter.com/oRQgNRpG2X
— Drew Pavlou 柏乐志 🇦🇺🇺🇦🇹🇼 (@DrewPavlou) October 9, 2023
In total, witnesses stated that three individuals attempted to fly an Israeli flag before being chased away by protesters or arrested by the police “for their own safety.”
Abigail Lane, 23, a social care student originally from Tasmania, had an Israeli flag with the word “peace” taken from her by police.
“A police officer came and snatched it out of my hands and said: ‘Why the hell are you going in there with that sign? What the hell do you think you’re doing?’,” she said.
“I said: ‘I’m not Palestinian, I’m not Israeli. I’m just Irish-Australian and I don’t like that we are inciting hate here in Sydney. My sign said love, not hate.’
“I don’t think inciting more anger and violence is the solution.”
Shockingly, New South Wales Police felt compelled to warn Sydney’s Jewish community to stay away from Sydney’s CBD on Monday evening.
“NSW police are urging the community not to attend the Sydney Opera House or Town Hall this evening,” an email from the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies to members read.
“Community members already in the CBD should be vigilant as protesters are likely to seek to march from Town Hall to the Sydney Opera House.
“The events tonight may pose a risk to the safety of community members and you are strongly urged not to attend.”
Assistant Commissioner Tony Cooke admitted NSW Police had arrested a man who attempted to unfurl an Israeli flag at Town Hall.
Cooke claims the man was arrested “for his safety.”
“A person was removed from the Town Hall rally who was carrying a flag for his safety,” he said.
“He was arrested to prevent a breach of the peace for his safety.
“He was removed and released.”
“This is New South Wales, we do not expect people to bring conflict from other places to the streets of Sydney.
“Violence will not be tolerated and we were able to manage that to assure that there was no conflict last night.”
Meanwhile, Australia’s conservative opposition leader Peter Dutton branded the Opera House scenes “despicable.”
Dutton blasted left-wing Prime Minister Anthony Albanese for allowing the protest to go ahead.
“These were despicable scenes in Sydney tonight and they are unimaginable in modern Australia,” Dutton said.
“I condemn the actions of the activists and protesters.”
NSW Premier Chris Minns said he “deplored” the rally and described it as being “against the tenets of our multicultural community.”
“We lit up the Opera House in support of innocent people who have had their lives slaughtered or loved ones kidnapped,” Minns told Sunrise.
“The community expectation from the vast majority of people I have spoken to in the past 48 hours has been horror at the actions of Hamas and also the demonstrations that have taken place in Sydney in the past 48 hours.”
Robert Gregory, CEO of the Australian Jewish Association, warned that “Australians should be very worried.”
“The police gave a warning for Jews not to come into the area,” Gregory said.
“Think about that. Imagine if there were mobs hunting blacks or gays in Sydney’s CBD.
“Imagine if the police warned blacks or gays not to come into Sydney’s CBD.”