A man who shouted ‘swear to Allah’ as he tried to strangle a Jew outside a synagogue was tackled by a group of men dressed in religious attire when he became violent.
Video footage shows the man arguing with a group of Orthodox Jews outside the Adass Synagogue in Ripponlea, south of Melbourne, on Thursday before he slapped one of the men in the face after he was told to ‘talk nicely’.
The victim and another man quickly cornered him and told him to settle down because the police were on their way.
‘You settle down right now. You’ve got booze inside of you, true or not?’ the Hassid Jew said.
The man, who repeatedly said he was Aboriginal, started shouting at one of the men: ‘Go back to Israel’ and asked ‘Do you want to swear to Allah?’.
The Jewish man responds saying: ‘I am from Australia’.
The man was then caught on camera trying to grab hold of the Jewish man’s throat.
The group of men, dressed in religious attire, quickly tackled him and pinned his arms and legs to the concrete.
Footage shows him lying there until police arrive seconds later and take him away in handcuffs.
It is believed the man had approached the synagogue to allegedly steal bikes parked outside.
Victoria Police have been contacted for comment.