A family-run jumping castle business in Sydney says it has faced threats after being confused for a similarly named business accused of discriminating against a Jewish school.
Western Sydney Jumping Castles and Face Painting took to social media on Wednesday to stress it was not involved in, and did not support, a rival company’s posts.
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“Please understand that these comments were made by another company,” it said.
“I’d like to let everyone know the stress and threats we’ve had to endure as a result of what’s occurred is VERY SAD.”
The owner said she had been told she was a “racist pig” and a “gutless scumbag” after the phone began ringing from about 4.20am.
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She said other comments included: “How about I come and jump up and down on your Nazi face.”
“They ring on private (numbers) and then say s***, so I just don’t answer phone calls,” Rebecca, who did not want to give her last name, told AAP.
The seven-year-old family business’ hard-fought five-star Google rating had also nosedived, she said, as a result of being confused with Western Sydney Jump.
“I understand people are angry … but maybe people need to look at the name and logo,” Rebecca said.
Premier Chris Minns has spoken out against Western Sydney Jump, which allegedly boasted on social media about refusing to take “a Zionist booking”.
The booking request had come from Masada College, an independent Jewish school on Sydney’s upper north shore.
“It’s not in keeping with any part of our multicultural community,” Minns said.
“I condemn it completely. This must be investigated by federal and state authorities.”
Western Sydney Jump shared a screenshot of its messages to Masada College. Credit: Australian Jewish Association/Twitter
NSW Police were at the school on Wednesday morning making inquiries but had not launched a formal investigation.
Western Sydney Jump’s Instagram page, where the post was allegedly made, and its website were offline on Wednesday morning.
Repeated attempts to contact the business owner were unsuccessful.
According to screenshots published by various media outlets, the business owner tried to draw a distinction between Jews and Zionists in its posts.
Executive Council of Australian Jewry co-chief executive Alex Ryvchin said the incident was indicative of a surge in anti-Semitism in Australia “under the disguise of political activism”.
“To refuse to hire a jumping castle to kids who happen to be Jewish is the height of prejudice and low bigotry,” he said.
“The business should be ashamed.”
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