Hasidic Jews tackle drunk man outside Australian synagogue

Ben Harris

(JTA) — A group of hasidic Jews surrounded and tackled a man screaming epithets outside an Australian synagogue.

Police charged the man, who was said to be intoxicated, with one count of theft, one count of criminal damage and two counts of assault after the incident outside the Adass Israel Synagogue in Melbourne on Thursday.

In several videos posted to the Facebook page of the Australian Jewish News, the man can be seen screaming at several hasidic Jews. After a scuffle, he was pinned to the ground.

Senior Constable Anthony Myers, who arrested the man at the scene, praised the way the synagogue members had handled the incident.

“They were very calm and dealt with him very well,” Myers told the AJN.

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