This guy got what was coming to him.
A man- apparently Muslim- who shouted ‘swear to Allah’ as he tried to strangle an Orthodox Jewish Rabbi outside a synagogue was tackled by a group of men dressed in religious attire when he became violent.
Video footage shows the 39-year-old man arguing with a group of Orthodox Jews outside the Adass Israel Synagogue in Ripponlea, south of Melbourne, on Thursday night.
The Reservoir man, who was drunk at the time, had been walking with three others towards the nearby train station when he allegedly stole a child’s scooter from outside the synagogue.
He got into a verbal argument with several Jewish men who came out of the synagogue to question him over the alleged theft.
The man, who was wearing a red shirt, pair of board shorts and no shoes, then slapped one of them in the face after he was told to ‘talk nicely’.
The victim and another man quickly cornered him on the ramp of the synagogue 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 Jewish Rabbi said in the video.
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 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 until police arrived a short time later.