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Melbourne Jewish community warned of ‘imminent attack’

Community Security Group, a Victoria-based Jewish organization, says it’s working with local police to verify ‘new intelligence’

Israel solidarity rally in Melbourne Park on July 20, 2014. (courtesy)
Israel solidarity rally in Melbourne Park on July 20, 2014. (courtesy)

An Australian Jewish organization put the community in Melbourne on high alert Wednesday, saying an attack by a “radicalized person” could be imminent.

The Community Security Group cited “new intelligence” in raising the alarm, but offered few other details, the Australian Jewish News reported.

“No particular facility or organization has been identified and no particular timeframe has been specified,” CSG was quoted by the website as saying in a letter addressed to Jewish communal organizations.

According to the letter, the CSG conveyed the information to Victoria Police and other Australian security agencies.

CSG “is working in collaboration with those organizations to verify its authenticity and respond accordingly,” the website reported. The organization called on the community to also take their own safety measures.

Australia raised its threat level to high last September and has since carried out a series of counter-terrorism raids, with several alleged plots foiled this year.

Canberra has also taken a tough stance against radicalized citizens amid alarm at the departure of more than 100 of its nationals to Iraq and Syria to fight alongside jihadists including the Islamic State group.

In December, an Iranian man pledging allegiance to IS killed two people during a siege of a cafe in Sydney. He was later killed by police.

In November last year, the Executive Council of Australian Jewry said in its annual report on anti-Semitism in the continent that 2014 saw a rise in anti-Semitic incidents higher by more than a third than 2013.

Three hundred and twelve incidents were registered between October 2013 and September 2014, about 35 percent higher than 231 incidents that were registered the previous year.

The Executive Council of Australian Jewry has produced the annual report since 1989. In 2009, it logged a record 962 anti-Semitic incidents.

— JTA contributed to this report

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