POLICE are appealing for information after a series of neo-Nazi symbols and antisemitic remarks were sprayed on a Sydney laneway.
The graffiti – which was found on the back of a Thai restaurant in Epping – included the words “watch out Jews” and “kill Jews”, along with swastikas and SS insignia.
It was reported to NSW Police yesterday and swiftly removed. The graffiti was reportedly sprayed more than a month ago.
“I am appalled by this distasteful and offensive act,” Parramatta Lord Mayor Andrew Wilson told The AJN.
A council spokesperson said a graffiti removal team was on-site within 60 minutes of being notified.
The Executive Council of Australian Jewry (ECAJ) condemned the graffiti, noting the substantial Jewish community that lives in Sydney’s north.
“This will certainly foster a sense of unease, particularly among older members of the community, many of whom are themselves survivors of the Holocaust, the very genocide that is glorified in this graffiti,” ECAJ co-CEO Alex Ryvchin said.
“In light of murderous attacks on Jews in Pittsburgh and Muslims in Christchurch by those professing far-right views, it is vital that government and law enforcement does everything possible to monitor far-right activities, particularly online, where much of this hatred is distributed and reinforced with deadly consequences.”
Sydney’s Bondi Beach was daubed with several swastikas last month, and last week swastikas were painted on rubbish bins outside a Geelong housing commission flat.