Sirens emulating Israeli warnings alerting its population to an impending rocket attack have been sounded in rallies in Melbourne and Sydney.
South Caulfield’s Princes Park was ablaze with red Sunday morning in a show of support for the State of Israel. Despite sporadic rain showers, approximately 2,000 people, including Federal and State parliamentarians and a host of community leaders, attended a solidarity rally wearing red to symbolise the ‘code red’ situation in Israel. The rally was organised by the Zionist Federation of Australia (ZFA), the Zionist Council of Victoria (ZCV), the Australian Union of Jewish Students (AUJS) and the Australian Zionist Youth Council.
In Sydney over 2000 members of the community and supporters packed the Misrachi Synagogue in Bondi which overflowed to its surrounding grounds where speakers relayed the rally.
Chabad was out in force during the rally, urging participants to do a Mitzvah and put on Tefillin in the merit of those on the front lines in Israel.
In Canberra, a solidarity group of over 50 supporters gathered outside the Israeli Embassy. Ambassador Yuval Rotem exited the embassy to speak to the group.
Dr. Danny Lamm, the president of The Executive Council of Australian Jewry told J-Wire: “The Australian Jewish community has come out in force to show its solidarity with the people of Israel. Both the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition have supported Israel’s right to protect itself against terrorism. This is a war against terrorism.”
The Perth Jewish community wore red to a rally demonstrating support for Israel. Over 500 people gathered at Carmel Primary School last night.
Members of the Rabbinate, politicians, representatives of youth groups and the State Zionist Council attended.