Spat at, called ‘Jewish scum’ on way home from synagogue

St Kilda, Melbourne, VIC
- A prominent member of the Jewish community has been left fearful and shaken after she was called “Jewish scum” and spat at while walking along Alma Road after an emotional minyan at Temple Beth Israel last Thursday night.

The woman in her 60s, who asked for her identity to be withheld, was walking by herself near Crimea Street when she saw a man standing at the entrance to one of the blocks of flats. After making eye contact, he allegedly called her “Jewish scum” and told her “You will get what’s coming to you,” before spitting at her.

Unsettled by the blatant antisemitism, she told The AJN it was “shocking walking along the street that you’re subject to abuse like that”.

“I was thinking about two things: my own safety and how to handle myself,” she added, “I just thought, no, I’m going to keep walking, I’m not going to show any intimidation.”

The woman said she had informed the Community Security Group and the Anti-Defamation Commission (ADC), fearful that with so many Jewish events coming up, another similar incident may occur in the St Kilda area.

The man is described as being in his 40s, Caucasian, about 175-180cm, burly and with a small growth of a beard, assumed to be living in the neighbourhood.

Source: AJN