A mobile billboard showing photos of kidnapped Israelis as it passed through the Sydney suburb of Bondi turned off its signage on Sunday after warnings from police.
Police told the driver that “a lot of people come from other places” to visit the beach and that “some people might be offended” by the images.
Photos of the truck, posted on social media by the Australian Jewish Association on Sunday, showed the vehicle stopped, two police officers approaching the driver, and the truck then parked with its digital display turned off.
“A truck carrying hostage posters was asked to turn off the signs in Bondi,” the message read.
“This is a scandal, just like when the government told Jews to stay at home while a crowd chanted ‘gas the Jews’ at the Sydney Opera House,” the AJA said.
“If Jews are not safe in Bondi, are they safe elsewhere in Australia? Police should focus on managing threats, not silencing Jews.
The AJA added: “They were told it was a safety issue and they could display the signs in Vaucluse but not in Bondi.”
A truck displayed a mobile billboard showing photos of kidnapped Israelis as it drove through Bondi on Sunday
Police warned the truck driver that “some people may object to the truck’s signage.”
NSW Eastern Beaches Police Commander Detective Superintendent Jodi Radmore expressed public outrage on Monday, after an initial police statement lacked specific details of what was said to the driver.
“The police advised him if he was heading towards Bondi Beach, where there are large crowds on Sundays, that he might want to consider that apart from our own suburban community there, there “We have a lot of people coming from other places. (and) some people may object to the truck signage,” she told 2GB’s Chris O’Keefe.
Ms Radmore said the driver was not asked to turn off the sign and the display was not against the law.
Mobile billboard turned off after police warnings some people might take offense
“So you were just saying he might have a problem if he went down there?” asked 2GB host O’Keefe.
“Yes,” she said.
“As you may know, there was an incident in the city last week where a very similar vehicle doing the exact same thing was approached by a person who was violent and who filmed the truck and then This person was arrested by the police for his offensive behavior.’
Ms Radmore said police were “tempering our approach”.
She also confirmed another incident near Bondi on Sunday evening involving Sydney Israeli Avi Efrat, who was asked by police to remove hostage posters he had put up.
Mr. Efrat is the founder of Fantastic Framing and an Israeli immigrant.
“Both sets of incidents yesterday are really about police just trying to keep the public safe,” Ms Radmore said.
Two men were fined last week after being filmed destroying posters of Israeli hostages taken by Hamas terrorists on Bondi Beach.
Last week, two men were fined after being filmed destroying posters of Israeli hostages taken by Hamas terrorists on Bondi Beach.
A peaceful tribute to the 240 hostages – including young children and elderly people – captured almost a month ago was organized on Thursday morning.
The exhibition featured posters of the hostages, believed to still be in Gaza, with the word “Kidnapped” at the top.
But alarming footage showed two men tearing down the posters.
The men, from Sydney’s west, were fined for offensive behavior.
The AJA said the men “damaged and stole six signs.”
“It was a heartwarming gesture to see the display of 240 towels and pairs of flip-flops by young members of the Jewish community gathered at Bondi Beach to show that the hostages kidnapped by Hamas are not forgotten,” said the director General Robert Gregory to the Daily. Mail Australia.
“The Jewish community should be able to come together like any other Australian. Vandalizing photos of kidnapped children is heartless, depraved and un-Australian.