A Muslim family of five, including an elderly couple in their 60s are violently bashed on their way home from a Mosque by a group of young men screaming racial abuse as they chase them through quiet suburban streets in Bondi.
They are knocked to the ground before being punched and kicked until they are concussed and bleeding.
Thankfully, this didn’t actually happen.
If it had, there would have been a mass outcry and widespread condemnation. Just as there would have been if the bashing victims had been a family of Vietnamese people. Or refugees. As there should have been. The Diversity Council would have probably led the charge to defend all of these groups. The Greens would have been out-spoken*, releasing media leases and holding press conferences. Social media would have lit up with people loudly expressing their horror and disgust at the persecution of a religious or racial minority group.
It would have been all over the news.
That horrendous racial attack didn’t happen to a Muslim family on Friday night but it did happen to a Jewish family in those exact circumstances.
According to police, the victims, four men aged 66, 48, 39 and 27, and a 62-year-old woman, suffered appalling injuries including facial fractures, concussion, cuts and bruising. All were treated in hospital where one man still remains. They had been walking home from a traditional Friday night Jewish Sabbath dinner when the attack occurred. Two 17-year old boys and a 23 year-old man were arrested after some security guards and a taxi driver intervened to protect the victims. The 17 year olds and the 23 year old have been charged.
And yet, the media coverage has not been widespread, not even here (Mamamia did not cover it in our round-up of Saturday’s news because it wasn’t on the radar of those who were working, as they swept the reports of major news channels – an excellent indication of how little mainstream coverage it generated).