Video: A crowd at the steps of the Sydney Opera House chants “gas the Jews” and “f*ck the Jews” on October 9. pic.twitter.com/uPNLuaIgcv
— Gabriel Noronha (@GLNoronha) October 9, 2023
A massive anti-Israel rally on the steps of the Sydney Opera House has sparked political condemnation and an investigation by Australian police after protesters were filmed chanting, “Gas the Jews.”
Around 1,000 protesters gathered outside Sydney’s iconic performing arts hall late Monday carrying flares and Palestinian flags and chanting “Gas the Jews,” “F–k the Jews” and “Allahu Akbar” (Arabic for “God is great”), the troubling footage shared by the Australian Jewish Association showed.
Protest organizers Palestine Action Group Sydney defended it as “peaceful,” distancing itself from “a tiny fringe” of antisemitic attendees responsible for the chants.
“From our observations [the chanting] occurred for less than one minute and was not an ongoing chant,” the group wrote.
“They were quickly condemned for their chants and asked to leave. Long-standing Palestinian organizers and activists, Palestinian, Arab, and Muslim elders attending the protest were disgusted and deplored by the action,” they continued.
“This is not what our movement stands for.”
Well, I’m glad we cleared that up.