A Sydney family has received a threatening letter in the mail — all over a flag displayed on its roof.
The family, who has asked to remain anonymous, is from the city’s south and has a Palestinian flag flying from the home’s TV aerial.
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A letter arrived in the mail on Friday morning, address to a fictional ‘Ahmed’ and stamped with the family’s address.
“I hope you have bulletproof windows,” the expletive-laden letter reads.
“Your car will be a target. You do not (know) when or where, but you are a target.”
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“It really scared me,” a family member told 7NEWS.
“That I’ve been a threat to them because I’ve got a flag up on my roof in support of Palestine.”
She said the flag was flown in solidarity with the “children, and the babies of Palestine that are dying every day, not because I support any group”.
“I didn’t believe what I was reading … they were threatening that they’re going to be coming after me,” she said.
“We are being threatened and called terrorists because we have a flag on our roof.
“It’s scary that this is happening here in Australia, especially in my community.”
A Sydney family has received a threatening letter in the mail because of the Palestinian flag on their roof. Credit: 7NEWS
The letter comes amid rising community tension.
In the days after the October 7 attack, a small group of protestors at a pro-Palestinian protest were videoed chanting “gas the Jews” and three men allegedly gave the Nazi salute outside the Sydney Jewish Museum.
A Sydney jumping castle business earlier this week refused to lease equipment to Masada College, an independent Jewish school on Sydney’s upper north shore.
The business owner said she would not take a “Zionist booking”.
A burger restaurant in Melbourne was set on fire last week, with the owner alleging it was because he had been outspokenly supporting Palestine.
Victorian police say the owner has yet to make an official statement, and they cannot investigate the allegation until he has done so.
A Sydney family was sent death threats in the mail for flying a Palestinian flag. Credit: 7NEWS
Local leaders have called for peace.
“It’s weak to actually attack someone because of their faith or because of their culture,” said NSW Member for Bankstown Jihad Dib.
“Be a decent human being.”
Opposition leader Mark Speakman said: “We’ve got very strong multicultural cohesion in New South Wales.
“Let’s keep it that way.
“At the end of the day we need to bring people together, not drive them apart.”
‘Letter won’t stop us’
The Sydney woman who received the threatening letter wanted to make one thing clear: “The flag’s not coming down.”
“Their letter won’t stop us from supporting the children and babies that are dying every day in Palestine,” she said.
“It goes both ways. Both sides shouldn’t be going through this.
“We should work together for a ceasefire, that would probably calm everyone down.
“And we shouldn’t be pointing fingers at anyone in Australia.
“We do feel upset and sympathy towards the children of Gaza, but it shouldn’t be brought into our homeland here.”
She says the letter has only made her stronger.
“To know that a flag has threatened them in that way, without us taking any other action,” she said.
“Clearly you can see who the terrorists are.
“(They’re) going around putting threats into people’s mail because they have a flag on their roof.”
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