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Racist attack on bus: Offender's Youth Justice Conference

Dec 16, 2014

from the article by Lisa Robinson in The Sydney Morning Herald:

A teenager involved in an anti-Semitic attack on a bus full of young Jewish students will visit the Sydney Jewish Museum as part of an agreed settlement with NSW police and the Jewish community.

The teenager attended a youth justice conference on Waverley Council Library on Tuesday, where he faced one of his victims and her family.

As well as touring the Sydney Jewish Museum, the youth will also enrol in a school harmony project run by the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies.

It was also recommended that he attend a family Shabbat dinner and read books from Holocaust survivors, including Primo Levi's If This Is A Man and Elie Wiesel's Night.

In the August 6 attack, a group of teenagers boarded a school bus travelling between Randwick and Bondi Junction and hurled abuse at the young passengers, all aged between five and 12 years old. It is alleged the offenders were drunk, yelled anti-Semitic insults such as "kill the Jews" and "Heil Hitler", and made physical threats of violence towards the children.

The justice conference was attended by a police youth liaison officer, a social worker, the parents of the offender, a convener, and Vic Alhadeff, chief executive of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies....

"The conference provided a measure of closure to the young girl who was present," said Mr Alhadeff. "It gave her an opportunity to question the offender, to hear from him and to hear him express remorse for his actions. At the same time, he could hear directly from some of those affected as to the impact of his actions."

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