Australian Jewish community alert level ‘heightened’
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Australian Jewish community alert level ‘heightened’

THE Community Security Group (CSG) has raised the alert level for the Australian Jewish community to level 5 ("heightened") following several terrorist attacks targeting religious sites across the world.

Police outside Sydney's Central Synagogue on Sunday night. Photo: AJN
Police outside Sydney's Central Synagogue on Sunday night. Photo: AJN

THE Community Security Group (CSG) has raised the alert level for the Australian Jewish community to level 5 (“heightened”) following several terrorist attacks targeting religious sites across the world.

The announcement comes after an anonymous person posted a threat online to shoot people at Central Synagogue in Sydney’s east on Sunday night.

By 5.45pm NSW Police had been alerted to the post, cordoned off Bon Accord Avenue in Bondi Junction and deployed the dog squad, riot squad and police helicopter.

At 9.15pm, Bon Accord Avenue was re-opened.

The threat followed a shooting at the Chabad of Poway synagogue in California, which killed one person and injured three others.

The threat level had previously been at level four (“high”), which meant a terrorist attack against the Australian Jewish community was likely.

The AJN understands while there is no specific information regarding an imminent attack or direct threat against the Jewish community, CSG has raised the alert level as a preventative measure.

Should you experience antisemitism or witness suspicious activity, call the CSG hotline on 1300 000 274 (1300 000 CSG).

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