Australia - Nazi flag flown over Brisbane synagogue

Brisbane City, QLD - The appearance of a Nazi flag above a Brisbane synagogue has disgusted the city’s Lord Mayor, who wants tougher penalties around the use of hate symbols.

Police on Saturday morning were alerted to the flag being flown out the window of an accommodation block on Margaret Street that overlooks the heritage-listed Brisbane Synagogue.

Police arrived to remove the flag just before 11am, and have since charged a 45-year-old Brisbane man with public nuisance offences.

Saturday’s flag-flying is the latest use of Nazi imagery in Queensland in recent months, including graffiti at the Clapham rail yard at Moorooka in May, and comes as law enforcement bodies raise concerns over rising far-right extremism in Australia.

Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner shared a photo of the flag on Saturday, as well as his disgust over its appearance.

“This is sickening. For someone to fly this symbol of hatred and genocide right above the Brisbane Synagogue on Margaret St is pure evil. It’s time for this vile flag to be banned in Queensland,” he wrote.
“QLD needs to get serious about cracking down on these open displays of racial hatred.”

The Brisbane Jewish community also aired their concerns over the flag’s appearance, with Queensland Jewish Board of Deputies vice president Jason Steinberg labelling the incident “sickening”.