Thousands attend pro-Israel prayer vigil in Sydney

Thousands are attending a pro-Israel prayer vigil in Sydney which is focusing on the hostages taken by Hamas on October 7 still inside Gaza.

Speakers are saying there will be no ceasefire until all hostages are released and are also talking about a dramatic rise in anti-Semitism in Australia.

The NSW Jewish Board of Deputies said more than 5,000 officially registered for the event.

“There is a very simple way to resolve this conflict – by asking Hamas to lay down their arms and leave peacefully,” one attendee told Sky News Australia.

A pro-Palestine rally is also taking place today in Sydney’s CBD where thousands are expected to attend.

This comes after a pro-Palestine motorcade travelled from Western Sydney to Coogee yesterday which Jewish leaders are calling an act of pure provocation with the intent to terrorise the Jewish community.