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TOM ELLIOTT

The victim of an appalling racist verbal attack has told 3AW how a man shouted anti-Semitic slurs at her in a Melbourne car park.

Jacqueline was in a the Coles supermarket car park in Bentleigh on Tuesday when a man, out of nowhere, began shouting racist comments at her.

“The guy leaned out the window and called out me, ‘You ugly f***ing Jew’,” she told Tom Elliott.

“I couldn’t believe what he had said, I thought he misunderstood, but he repeated the same thing even more viciously and loudly.

“As I was about to walk off, he said, ‘Hitler had the right idea’.”

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Jacqueline says she is Jewish but she has no idea how the man would have known as she, “wasn’t dressed in a particular way”.

She said he then stuck his middle finger up at her as he was driving off.

It’s believed the man was in the passenger seat of a dark-coloured 4WD, with a man in his 70s driving and a teenage boy in the backseat.

Dr Dvir Abramovich, chairman of the Anti-Defamation Commission, told Tom Elliott sadly, the incident doesn’t surprise him.

“It seems it’s becoming a fact of life in Australia,” Dr Abramovich said.

“The data we have, anti-Semitic comments have increased by 10 per cent in the past year.

“We had two similar incidents to Jacqueline’s in the past week alone.”

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