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Oh well, that’s OK then

NSW Police’s intrepid sleuths have concluded after very nearly four months of deep deliberation and turning up the volume to eleven that the mob of flare-throwing, hate-screaming anti-Semites who gathered at the Opera House to celebrate October 7’s Islamic festival of slaughter, rape and abduction weren’t chanting ‘Gas the Jews’, not at all.

Is it that, in the name of diversity, the caring, sensitive and community-attuned brass have taken to recruiting the hearing-impaired? That must be considered a possibility, for it might explain why the audio track of videos (like this one) haven’t been heard for what they clearly are.

But no, the police are insistent those Hamas supporters were simply shouting “Where’s the Jews?”, which makes no sense but apparently a world of difference, especially to police overtime costs. As Tony Thomas recently documented in his three-part series on the Cronulla ‘riot’ and its aftermath, car convoys of Muslim vigilantes once again roaming Sydney to bash random dhimmis and fire-bomb infidel churches is a prospect to be avoided. Golly, it might spawn an outbreak of Islamophobia!

Hear no evil, see no evil, prosecute no evil — might that make a better NSW police motto than the current ‘Punishment follows closely upon the heels of crime‘? Well, sometimes.

The Jewish NSW Board of Deputies quite rightly notes that, even if ‘Gas the Jews’ was never uttered, that doesn’t alter much of anything:

…We note that several individuals provided statements to the Police indicating that they heard the phrase “Gas the Jews”, but it is not necessary to get hung up on what precise antisemitic phrase was chanted on the evening.

Demonstrators were either calling for Jews to be gassed or seeking to hunt Jews in the mould of antisemitic mobs of days gone by. Either is wicked and worthy of contempt. This was a despicable demonstration of hatred and vilification.

It is curious that groups and individuals who could never bring themselves to condemn the events of 7 October or the Opera House hate protest (or hate preachers, for that matter), are now claiming the results of the Police investigation as a victory.

It says everything that these groups have no shame in accepting that they chanted “F*** the Jews” and “Where’s the Jews?” but present themselves as beyond reproach when the evidentiary burden for concluding they chanted “Gas the Jews” isn’t met.

Ah, diversity and multiculturalism and community-focused policing, where would we be without them!

— rf


13 thoughts on “Oh well, that’s OK then

  • lbloveday says:

    Quote: “where would we be without them!”
    In a better place than we are, or at least I am.

  • Sindri says:

    “Where’s the Jews” makes no sense whatsoever. It was “gas”, quite plainly. But in any event, if they were saying “where’s the Jews”, it was patently a call to immediate violence.

    • Tom Romanowski says:

      “Gas the Jews” is in this context a rather transcendental expression of hate, similar to “To hell with Jews”. But “Where’s the Jews” is incomparably worse. It is a concrete, immediate call to a pogrom. This is how it started throughout the history. I come from Poland, they had a lot of practice there. Before they could start the real action under the call “Bij Zyda” (Smite the Jew), they had to find them first.
      Tom Romanowski

      • David Cragg says:

        Yes, initially I thought what the hell does “Where’s the Jews?” mean? But the horrible implication of a mob with blood-lust baying out “Where’s the Jews?” is – let’s bring 7 October to the Sydney Opera House, right here and now. Can you imagine what might have happened if some poor innocent had wandered past at the wrong moment ……….

  • M says:

    Who knew NSW police would have so much in common with NBC Sports reporter Kelli Stavast?

    “Let’s go Brandon”.

  • Simon Mundy says:

    Leak got it right in the Oz the other day: it was “pass the juice!”

    I have no confidence that NSW police can, or perhaps even see it as their job, manage these disturbances.

  • dwgilmour80 says:

    Antisemitism (no hyphen or capital S), is a word coined and used to label hatred and discrimination against specifically Jews. Because Semites are all those descended from Abraham, that is wanderers looking for a land, it includes both Jews and Arabs. To be Anti-Semitic therefore is to be against Arabs too. Hyphens sometimes matter a lot; and to many victims of racial hatred this is not pedantry.

    • David Isaac says:

      Thanks for highlighting the different spellings of this troublesome word. Jews and their boosters prefer ‘antisemitism’ implying a movement or tendency to be irrationally opposed to Jews (Semites). Others prefer ‘anti-Semitism’ meaning opposition to the self-interested and destructive machinations of SOME Jews within European host societies. The term, perhaps originally a euphemism, arises from a nineteenth century Europe in which Jews were the only important non-Christian European minority, and, however written, makes little logical sense in the setting of the Near East where most people are Semites.

  • George says:

    Interesting how, when the ABC gleefully reported the findings of the police investigation, they muffled the soundtrack to ensure that the slogan was too indistinct to hear.

  • Artie says:

    I know some police officers and as a generalisation they are very good people and servants of the public.
    I do not know any police commissioners and senior police ‘bureaucrats’.
    If they belong to the same force, there is a serious dislocation.

  • MargieCJ says:

    And if a group of loud, angry and compassionate Australian citizens had gone to the Opera House on that day to protest against the barbaric savagery committed by the Hamas Islamic Jihadists on over 1,100 innocent Jewish men, women, children and babies on the 7th October 2023, as well as the kidnapping of numerous terrified hostages, those same NSW POLICE would have immediately arrested them, charging them with islamophobia and DISTURBANCE OF THE PEACE!

  • Libertarian says:

    Wonder why the trade union government is having trouble recruiting regional police?

  • Peter C Arnold says:

    Antisemitism has been the western norm for 3,500 year (read Nirenberg – “Anti-Judaism, The Western Tradition”.) In short, it started with the Egyptians, continued with the Greek and then Roman conquerors, and was subsumed into the early Christian Church. We Jews are always acutely aware of the danger of its revival. Indeed there is an old Jewish saying: “in every generation they rise up to destroy us”. (Ye-hi v’shamda).
    Mark Twain posed the question:
    The Egyptian, the Babylonian, and the Persian rose, filled the planet with sound and splendor, then faded to dream-stuff and passed away; the Greek and the Roman followed; and made a vast noise, and they are gone; other people have sprung up and held their torch high for a time, but it burned out, and they sit in twilight now, or have vanished. The Jew saw them all, beat them all, and is now what he always was, exhibiting no decadence, no infirmities of age, no weakening of his parts, no slowing of his energies, no dulling of his alert and aggressive mind. All things are mortal but the Jew; all other forces pass, but he remains. What is the secret of his immortality?”
    We have won far too many Nobel Prizes. We must be in league with the Devil!
    Peter C Arnold OAM, Sydney

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