Last year’s account of this racially motivated attacked on Jewish people as they walked home from shabbos/ shabbat dinner on a Friday night in Nov. 2013.
A Jewish man’s attempts to defend his parents against youths yelling anti-Semitic comments sparked an ugly brawl involving bottles and a knife, a Sydney court has heard.
Robert Tamaki Clifford, 26, appeared at Central Local Court on Thursday charged with affray and assault occasioning grievous bodily harm over an alleged attack of a Jewish family in Bondi last year.
The 26-year-old has pleaded not guilty to the charges and has been in custody since his arrest in November.
Clifford was allegedly part of a group of males who attacked the Behar family and two family friends as they were walking home from a Jewish Sabbath dinner after midnight on October 26.
“As the Jewish group walked past, some of the males sitting on the bench started yelling things such as ‘f***ing Jews … give a go, dirty Jew c***s,” prosecutor Clayton Bridge told the hearing.
He said the party of five continued walking and tried to ignore the abuse when two youths approached parents Elias and Lea Behar.
Concerned for his parents, their 27-year-old son, Shlomo, stepped between them and the youths.
“Shlomo was thrown to the ground and punched and kicked while trying to defend his parents,” Mr Bridge said.
Another youth then threw Shlomo’s 66-year-old father, Elias, to the ground, while their family friends Shlomo Ben Haiem, 48, and Zeev Aronstam, 39, were punched repeatedly, the prosecution says.
The youths then smashed glass bottles, some of which were used to hit the Behars’ son in the head.
The brawl continued even as the family tried to get away from the youths by moving towards a nearby pub where two security guards came to their aid.
Mr Bridge says at this point, CCTV footage from a nearby cafe shows Clifford arming himself with a weapon.
“The accused is seen to pick something up from the footpath, and the inference that the prosecution invites your honour to draw is he may be picking up a knife.”
Despite the presence of the security guards, Clifford allegedly tried to assault the group again.
“He then appears to want to carry on … but seemed to be unable to pass the security guards,” Mr Bridge said.
Police later found a knife and the prosecution says police have DNA evidence from it linking Clifford to the attack on the Behars.
The hearing continues.
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