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Clash erupts involving group of men waving Palestinian flag after 'they confronted a Jewish man in Bondi'

A brawl allegedly broke out between four men with a Palestinian flag and a young Jewish man sitting in his car near one of Sydney‘s famous beaches, according to reports.

Police were called to the Ampol station on Old South Head Road in North Bondi around 10.20 pm on Wednesday night following reports of an altercation.

Nearby residents recalled being woken to the sound of screams.

The Australian Jewish Association alleged a Jewish man was sitting in his car when he was confronted by four men who had a Palestinian Arab flag on their vehicle.

The organisation also alleged the man’s car window was smashed and that threats of violence were made before police arrived.

A police source told The Daily Telegraph that a group of young men spotted by a group of Jewish men driving around the eastern suburbs with a Palestinian flag displayed from their car.

It’s understood two teens in the car with the flag, stopped at a service station where another car carrying two men performed a U-turn and met them there.

Police were called to a service station in North Bondi following a violent brawl

Four men spoken to by police at the scene (pictured) received move-on orders. No charges have been laid

Four men spoken to by police at the scene (pictured) received move-on orders. No charges have been laid 

‘Officers arrived and were told a group of unknown people were acting aggressive before leaving the scene,’ a police statement read.

No charges have been laid and there are no reports of injuries.

There are unconfirmed reports four men spoken by police at the scene received move-on notices and were banned from returning to Bondi.

Police remained at the scene for at least seven hours until 5am Thursday to ensure no further incidents took place.

Officers also scoured the scene for evidence and reportedly seized a number of items, including a hockey stick and a tool.

NSW Police are yet to confirm whether the incident was racially motivated but are expected to provide more details later on Thursday.

Investigations into the incident continue. 

Police remained at the Ampol service station until 5am Thursday

Police remained at the Ampol service station until 5am Thursday 

Around two thirds of Sydney’s Jewish community live in the eastern suburbs, including Bondi, where police have been called to a number of recent clashes over the Israel-Palestine conflict.

AJA president Robert Gregory told Daily Mail Australia on Thursday that he’s spoken to the Jewish man involved in the incident.

‘Carloads of young Middle Eastern men driving from the other side of the city with Palestinian Arab flags looking to provoke violence is a worrying development.

‘We haven’t heard of any cases of carloads of Jews with Israeli flags driving around Lakemba Mosque. Thankfully police turned up when they did.’

Police (pictured) spent seven hours at the scene and seized a number of items from the scene

Police (pictured) spent seven hours at the scene and seized a number of items from the scene

It comes as opposition leader Peter Dutton called on the prime minister to not depart Australia for the APEC summit in San Francisco until he had assured Jewish Australians would be protected in the community.

‘The prime minister should not leave this country until the national cabinet has been convened to provide assurances and support and comfort and safety to people of the Jewish community,’ he said.

The Prime Minister hit back, saying saying he had been consistent in his views in calling for unity.

‘The weaponisation or attempt to weaponise anti-Semitism in this chamber and make it a partisan issue is, frankly, beyond contempt,’ he said on Wednesday.

‘I make no apologies for standing up against anti-Semitism and I will do it unequivocally … I have a track record on this and I’m proud of it, but I also have a track record of standing up for the rights and for justice of Palestinian people.

‘I make no apologies for being a consistent supporter of a two-state solution, and I make no apologies for trying to bring communities together, not divide them.’

It comes as six federal electoral offices across the country were the target of pro-Palestinian protests involving bloodied replicas of Gazan corpses.

Those targeted included Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles and fellow Labor MPs Ged Kearney and Peter Khalil.

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