August 21, 2007

Yeshiva student attacked in Australia

Alon Tam, 17, was walking home from a kosher restaurant in a Melbourne suburb heavily populated by Jews on Saturday night when two men armed with baseball bats confronted him. He told the Australian Associated Press the men yelled "Jew, you deserve to die," as they beat him. Tam sustained injuries to his torso, arms and shoulder, and is expected to have X-rays to determine the extent of the damage, according to the Australian Jewish News. “This is Melbourne, you don’t expect things like this to happen,” he told the newspaper. “I’ve been called a f***ing Jew, a bloody Jew on public transport, but I didn’t report it[before]. "In a joint statement, the Jewish Community Council of Victoria and the B'nai B'rith Anti-Defamation Commission condemned the attack.