Updated: 08/07/2014 09:50 | By Agence France-Presse

Children targeted in Australia anti-Semitic abuse

Five teenagers were arrested Thursday over an alleged vicious racial attack on a bus full of children from Jewish schools in Sydney that left them traumatised.


Children targeted in Australia anti-Semitic abuse

File photo shows members of the New South Wales Police Force in Sydney - by Greg Wood

Police said a group of five- to 12-year-olds were travelling on a private bus to the suburb of Bondi Junction on Wednesday afternoon when eight teens jumped on.

They allegedly racially taunted the children and made physical threats, with parents claiming they yelled "Heil Hitler, kill the Jews" and "free Palestine".

None of the children was hurt but Jacqui Blackburn, whose three daughters were on the vehicle, told ABC radio they were traumatised and many were in tears.

"My little daughter said she's just really scared of everything now," she added, while questioning why the driver allowed the teenagers onto a school bus.

Five of the eight teens were arrested overnight before being released into the custody of their parents as investigations continue.

New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies president Yair Miller told reporters that guardians would now travel on school buses.

"This abuse is totally unacceptable, especially against the most vulnerable in our society being primary-aged children," he said.

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