The Jewish community in Melbourne was peeved by a police siege on Tuesday night, as illegal Minyans were busted and fined. Up to 30 people were believed to have attended a Rosh Hashanah Minyan, which led to a police and media stand-off on the first night of Yom Tov.
As reported by YWN, a well-known Jewish community activist claimed that “Melbourne felt somewhat like Nazi Germany this year Rosh Hashana.. as police sieged a Shul for 14 hours”.
At the Shul in Ripponlea, Melbourne, the police guarded every exit from the Shul to swoop on worshippers as they left, but many instead took to the roofs of nearby buildings to escape.
The activist detailed, “We have ZERO COVID cases in the heimishe community of Ripponlea. Over 90% of the 40+ age group are double vaxxed. We asked for a legal way to daven outdoors on Rosh Hashanah, citing “bottle shops and building sites’ that are open for 50-100 people, some even spent thousands in the courts to try to push it through – and the government gave us zero. This prompted some people to go early to a shul (5:30am) and locked themselves in – no noise at all. Unfortunately, some local non-Jewish neighbors were up at 5:00AM and filmed some people going in Tuesday morning and sent the footage to the media. Police surrounded the block like there was a terrorist attack – and they did not leave until Wednesday night. This is appalling and disgusting.”
As it stands, six people have been fined $5,452 for breaching public health orders.