Four men and a woman were injured after a group of males allegedly made anti- Semitic comments to them, assaulting them as they walked home.
CCTV footage shows the brawl that ensued as eight people attacked a group returning from a Jewish Sabbath dinner.
Five people were taken to hospital, with concussions and broken bones.
One – a man in his 60s – also suffered bleeding to his brain.
“Its’ always shocking and disappointing when they occur”, Peter Wertheim of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry told SBS.
Two teenagers and a 23 year old man were arrested at the scene.
The rest managed to flee.
The victims say the attack was racially motivated– in an area that boasts one of Australia’s largest Jewish communities.
“We’re not scared to walk in the street as a Jew”, Rebbi Eli Feldman said.
“I wear this (traditional dress) garb down Bondi Road, and very rarely is there a problem. We’re very comfortable in this country and it’s a tribute to Australia.”
Peter Wertheim has personally thanked those who leapt to the group’s defence before police arrived.
While he agrees attacks like this are rare – Australia’s anti-racism measures need to be bolstered.
I think there needs to be a targetted approach to education in their early teens when they’re suseptible to family prejudice and peer group pressure.
“I have to say there is always a substrata of racial prejudice that exists in Australian society, as probably everywhere in the world. Australia is probably a more tolerant place than most others.”