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21 May 2019 - 17 Iyyar 5779 - י"ז אייר ה' אלפים תשע"ט
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Swastikas painted on iconic Bondi Beach murals E-mail

Late at night on 9 February, vandals painted dozens of swastikas on the worldfamous murals decorating the promenade of Sydney’s iconic Bondi Beach. Earlymorning walkers and joggers alerted authorities to the vandalism the next morning.

The Jewish Agency for Israel head Isaac Herzog called the incident “a hateful attack” that “does not conform with Australian values of openness and inclusion”.

Municipal staff worked through the day to remove the swastikas, but some of the artwork will have to be repainted. Surveillance cameras are in use at the beach, but are primarily used to monitor those who decide to have a night-time swim. New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies President Lesli Berger condemned the vandalism, saying: “To say that the Jewish community is appalled at this expression of wanton racism is a severe understatement. The swastika represents the ultimate in race hatred, and all Australians of goodwill will stand together in condemning this shocking display.”

Local Mayor John Wakefield commented: “Five murals were defaced. Council have removed all symbols from the murals and at least one has to be completely redone.”

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