A man has been charged after an argument broke out between teenagers in two cars in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, believed to have been fuelled by Israel-Palestine tensions.
Police said a silver Toyota Corolla hatchback was driving in North Bondi when it passed a white Mercedes sedan travelling in the opposite direction just after 10pm yesterday.
Officers were told the hatchback did a U-turn and ended up catching up to the sedan before both cars came to a stop and there was a verbal fight.
“The driver’s side mirror of the hatchback was smashed by a rock, before the vehicle drove away and attended a nearby service station, with the sedan arriving a short time later,” police said.
The hatchback driver – a 19-year-old man – and the four 17-year-old boys inside the sedan got out of their cars and another verbal fight occurred.
“Police patrolling the area arrived a short time later and separated the groups,” police added.
The 19-year-old man was arrested at a Bondi home today and charged with affray and using an offensive implement with intent to commit an indictable offence.
The four other teenagers allegedly involved will be dealt with in accordance with the Young Offenders Act, police said.
The Australian Jewish Association alleged the group of teens in the Mercedes had been driving around waving a Palestinian flag on their car.
A number of items were seized by police and taken for forensic examination.
There were no injuries during the incident, police said.
The 19-year-old man has been granted conditional bail and will appear in Waverley Local Court on December 12.
Extracted in full from: https://www.9news.com.au/national/bondi-news-verbal-altercation-toyota-corolla-hatchback-mercedes-sedan/87d86969-99c9-4343-b5ea-dcad0372e403