Members from the Sydney Alliance, including Fr Peter Smith. gathered on Sydney Town Hall steps on Monday to condemn last week’s act of violence on a Jewish family walking home from dinner in Bondi.
Among them was Fr Smith, Promoter of Justice and Peace for the Archdiocese of Sydney. Following a short statement from the Chair of the Sydney Alliance, Violet Roumeliotis, representatives of each organisation present made a statement condemning the violence.
The Sydney Alliance is a coalition of 52 partner organisations, including religious, cultural and community organisations, schools and trade unions working together for the common good of Sydney.
'We condemn any form of violence, especially where racially motivated,' said Ms Roumeliotis. 'Saturday’s attack appears to be an example of anti-Semitism. This was an abhorrent attack and warrants our absolute condemnation.
'Sadly, many of our members face violence based on religion or culture such as Muslims and Sikhs who are targeted for their distinctive clothing. Refugees and indigenous people too are verbally and physically abused on public transport.'