NSW Police say ‘no evidence’ for Opera House ‘gas the Jews’ chant by pro-Palestinian protesters

NSW Police says it has found “no evidence” that the phrase “gas the Jews” was chanted by pro-Palestinian protesters on the steps of the Sydney Opera House last October.

The October 9 protest — two days after the shocking Hamas terror attacks on Israel that left around 1200 people dead and some 200 taken as hostages — sparked widespread backlash after social media video claimed to show groups of people chanting the phrase.

Protesters also burned the Israeli flag during the rowdy demonstration.

NSW Police established Strike Force Mealing to investigate “reported unlawful activity committed during an unauthorised protest at the Sydney Opera House” on October 9.

“Police received reports following the protest suggesting that an offensive antisemitic phrase was chanted during the event,” NSW Police said in a statement on Friday.

“As a result of independent forensic analysis of audio-video files of the demonstration provided to investigators, police have no evidence that this phrase was used.”

Investigators also obtained statements from “several individuals who attended the protest indicating they heard the phrase however these statements have not attributed the phrase to any specific individual”, police added.

“Detectives from Strike Force Mealing continue to investigate the incident and have urged anyone with information, who may not have yet spoken with police, to contact Crime Stoppers,” the statement said.

In December, news outlet Crikey published an article citing independent audio-visual experts who cast doubt on the viral claim.

Former ABC radio presenter Antoinette Lattouf was a co-author of the article.

Lattouf had been filling in for Sarah Macdonald on ABC Sydney in the morning, but was given her marching orders by the broadcaster in December.

Her sacking came after criticism of her outspoken social media posts, including repeatedly suggesting that the “gas the Jews” claim was unverified.

“It took 100+ days, but NSW police can now confirm there’s no evidence ‘gas the Jews’ was chanted outside the Opera House,” Lattouf wrote on X on Friday, adding she had been “savagely targeted for doing accurate journalism”.

The Australian Jewish Organisation (AJA), which spread the initial video, has been contacted for comment.

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