How Middle Eastern criminal gangs began establishing no-go areas in Sydney

by 1389 on January 29, 2008

in Australia, corruption, crime, Gramfan (team member), immigration, Islamic infiltration/invasion, Islamic terrorism, political correctness, sex offenses, vehicle theft

Former policeman Tim Priest saw it begin

Tim Priest, a retired detective, gave this talk on November 12 [2003] to a Quadrant dinner in Sydney.

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Excerpts are presented here, interspersed with comments by 1389. Emphasis and hyperlinks are mine.

The Rise of Middle Eastern Crime in Australia

IT WAS ABOUT 1995 to 1996 that the emergence of Middle Eastern crime groups was first observed in New South Wales. Before then they had been largely known for individual acts of anti-social behaviour and loose family structures involved in heroin importation and supply as well as motor vehicle theft and conversion. The one crime that did appear organised before this period was insurance fraud, usually motor vehicle accidents and arson. Because these crimes were largely victimless, they were dealt with by insurance companies and police involvement was limited. But from these insurance scams, a generation of young criminals emerged to become engaged in more sophisticated crimes, such as extortion, armed robbery, organised narcotics importation and supply, gun running, organised factory and warehouse break-ins, car theft and conversion on a massive scale including the exporting of stolen luxury vehicles to Lebanon and other Middle Eastern countries.

Notice that, whenever fraud, vehicle theft, and other property crimes are not adequately addressed, the perpetrators become emboldened and move on to other, more serious offenses.

Tim Priest explains that the existing Crime Intelligence structure was dismantled, just when it should have begun investigating a new set of offenders.

As the police began to gather and act on intelligence on these emerging Middle Eastern gangs the first of the series of events took place. The New South Wales Police was restructured under Peter Ryan. Crime Intelligence, the eyes and ears of all police forces throughout the world, was dismantled overnight and a British-style intelligence unit was created. The formation of this unit and its functions has been best described by Dr Richard Basham — as a library stocking outdated books. The new Crime Intelligence and Information Section became completely reactive. It received crime intelligence from the field and stored it. Almost no relevant intelligence was ever dispensed to operational police from 1997 until I left in 2002. It was a disgrace…

But even more frustrating for operational police were the activities of this ethnic crime group, activities that set it apart from almost all others bar the Cabramatta 5T. The Lebanese groups were ruthless, extremely violent, and they intimidated not only innocent witnesses, but even the police that attempted to arrest them. As these crime groups encountered less resistance in terms of police operations and enforcement, their power grew not only within their own communities, but also all around Sydney — except in Cabramatta, where their fear of the South-East Asian crime groups limited their forays. But the rest of Sydney became easy pickings.

The police force became weakened by mismanagement: cronyism, ineptitude, loss of expertise, and the desire to avoid outside scrutiny.

Lacking the moxie to go after the most dangerous and well-connected criminals, many of the police instead selectively pursued those individuals and groups who could not retaliate and who thus were more “politically correct” targets.

The second in the series of events began to take shape with Peter Ryan’s executive leadership team. Under Ryan’s nose they began to carve up the New South Wales Police and form little kingdoms where a senior police officer ruled almost untouched by outside influence. They then appointed their own commanders in the police stations. Almost all of them had little or no street experience; but they in turn brought along their friends as duty officers, similarly inexperienced. Some of the experience these police counted on their resumes included stints at Human Resources, the Academy, the Police Band in one case, the various cubby-holes in Police Headquarters, almost no operational policing experience — yet they were tasked to lead. Never has the expression “the blind leading the blind” been more appropriate.

The impact that this leadership team had on day-to-day operational policing was disastrous. In many of the key areas that were experiencing rapid rises in Middle Eastern crime, these new leaders became more concerned with relations between the police and ethnic minorities than with emerging violent crime. The power and influence of the local religious and minority leaders cannot be overstated. Police began to use selective law enforcement. They selected targets that were unlikely to use their ethnic background and cultural beliefs to hinder police investigations or arrests. It was mostly Anglo-Saxons and Asians that were the targets, because they were under-represented by religious leaders and the media. They were soft targets…

In hundreds upon hundreds of incidents police have backed down to Middle Eastern thugs and taken no action and allowed incidents to go unpunished. Again I stress the unbelievable influence that local politicians and religious leaders played in covering up the real state of play in the south-west.

The third event was the reforming of Criminal Investigations into a centrally controlled body called Crime Agencies. All the specialist crime squads were done away with: Arson, Armed Robbery, Drugs, Organised Crime, Special Breaking, Consorting, Vice, Gaming, Motor Vehicle Theft were wrapped up into one-size-fits-all. Ryan once boasted that by the time he finished retraining the New South Wales Police, constables could investigate a traffic accident in the morning and a homicide in the afternoon, a statement that summed up his Alice-in-Wonderland policing theories. All the expertise and experience evaporated overnight…

As if all that were not enough, the management began collecting statistics on just six crimes – a list that excluded the major offenses associated with organized crime.

Having to meet these standards forced the police on the street to focus even less on the growing problem of organized crime.

The final straw for the New South Wales Police was the OCR — Op Crime Review, which Peter Ryan and his executive team came up with. It was loosely based on the groundbreaking Compstat program of the New York Police Department, the brainchild of Commissioner William Bratton. The difference between Ryan’s OCR and the NYPD Compstat was that the NYPD model covered everything on the criminal waterfront. The Ryan-inspired OCR had just six crimes. And those six included domestic violence, random breath testing, theft, robbery, assaults and motor vehicle theft — no drugs, organised crime, firearms, shootings, attempted murders, homicides. The crimes that instil fear into the average citizen were ignored, and with plenty of innovative answers as to why. The OCR focused police attention on a limited number of crimes and allowed far more serious and deadly crimes to get out of control…

With no organised crime function, no gang unit except for the South-East Asian Strike Force, the New South Wales Police turned against every convention known to Western policing in dealing with organised crime groups. In effect the Lebanese crime gangs were handed the keys to Sydney.

The most influential of the Middle Eastern crime groups are the Muslim males of Telopea Street, Bankstown, known as the Telopea Street Boys. They and their associates have been involved in numerous murders over the past five years, many of them unprovoked fatal attacks on young Australian men for no other reason than that they are “Skips”, as they call Australians. They have been involved in all manner of crime on a scale we have never seen before. Ram-raids on expensive stores in the city are epidemic. The theft of expensive motor vehicles known as car-jacking is increasing at an alarming rate. This crime involves gangs finding a luxury motor vehicle parked outside a restaurant or hotel and watching until the occupants return to drive home. The car is followed, the victims assaulted at gunpoint, and the vehicle stolen. The vehicles are always around or above the $100,000 mark and are believed to be taken to warehouses before being shipped interstate or to the Middle East…

Australia’s racial vilification laws, along with the entire “multiculturalism” industry, worked together to keep the growing debacle concealed from public scrutiny.

Tim Priest explained where this willful blindness would eventually lead:

I wonder whether the inventors of the racial hatred laws introduced during the golden years of multiculturalism ever took into account that we, the silent majority, would be the target of racial violence and hatred. I don’t remember any charges being laid in conjunction with the gang rapes of south-western Sydney in 2001, where race was clearly an issue and race was used to humiliate the victims. But then, unbelievably, a publicly-funded document produced by the Anti-Discrimination Board called “The Race for Headlines” was circulated, and it sought not only to cover up race as a motive for the rapes, but to criticise any accurate media reporting on this matter as racially biased. It worries many operational police that organisations like the Anti-Discrimination Board, the Privacy Council and the Civil Liberties Council have become unaccountable and push agendas that don’t represent the values that this great country was built on.

The Middle Eastern crime groups and their associates number in the thousands, not the hundreds as the government and senior police would have you believe. It is the biggest crime problem we have ever faced, and it is growing. Hardly a day goes past without some violent crime involving a “male of Middle Eastern appearance”, though I see lately that description is watered down now to include “and / or Mediterranean appearance”. To an operational policeman, there is a noticeable difference between an Italian and a Lebanese male.

That these groups of males can roam a city and assault, rob and intimidate at will can no longer be denied or excused. You need only to look at Paris and other European countries that have had mass immigration from Middle Eastern countries to see the sort of problems we can expect in years to come. My prediction is that within ten years, Middle Eastern crime groups will spread rapidly across Australia as they seek to expand their enterprises. There will be no-go areas in south-western Sydney, just like Paris.

Only recently I have seen quotes from senior police and retired police who claim that race is not the issue in organised crime. Those statements are stupid and dangerous. Organised crime groups with the exception of the bikies are almost always ethnically based — any experienced detective will tell you that. The days of Anglo-Saxon gangs are almost gone, with the exception of one or two local beach gangs

Read the entire article here.

(H/T: Gramfan)

Are jihadis still operating in Australia?

Unfortunately, yes, as shown in our other articles about events in Australia. As in the US, the legal system in Australia makes it difficult to curtail enemy jihadist activity. It’s time we all muster the political will to do something about that. See Islamic supremacist, pro-sharia conferences should be banned for more.

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1 Gramfan January 29, 2008 at 4:56 am

Although this happened some time ago we can see where it has lead. Violent crime up: stabbings, drive-by shootings, drug dealing,brothels, car theft and cloning (re-birthing),and all over intimidation.

I was writing about Australia – seems I could have written the same comment for almost anywhere in the west.

2 1389 January 29, 2008 at 7:19 am

Dhimmi Watch has this report, as yet unconfirmed:

A report from Australia: lockdown at Liverpool hospital Sydney

Considering what Tim Priest describes, it seems plausible enough, but I am waiting to hear whether there is any further evidence to confirm or refute the story.

3 Mick February 20, 2009 at 7:36 pm

Sooner or later the army will get involved ,as the police can not manage the growing grime caused by these Middle Eastern criminals – they do not intergate and nor do they feel Australian in anyway. I am from Italian back Ground PROUD to be born in this country – in Italy we have the same problems,I have also traveled to Greece & France and the Middle Eastern criminals are also causing a lot of crime – we need to act fast before this country of ours called Australia turns into an Isamic state.

4 Mick February 20, 2009 at 7:38 pm

Sooner or later the army will get involved ,as the police can not manage the growing grime caused by these Middle Eastern criminals – they do not intergate and nor do they feel Australian in anyway. I am from Italian back Ground PROUD to be born in this country – in Italy we have the same problems,I have also traveled to Greece & France and the Middle Eastern criminals are also causing a lot of crime – we need to act fast before this country of ours called Australia turns into an Islamic state.

5 john browne May 10, 2009 at 2:48 pm

the lebs should be kicked out off Australia and return home to the desert ,many genuine people are trying to get over to Oz and are havivg a hard time over visaa etc and are educated also and when you look at these kebabs living in oz with an Aussia Pass port it makes you sick , all they are are sick animals and trouble makers

Admin 1389 replies: While I would agree that allowing Muslim immigration into non-Muslim countries is an invitation to jihadist terrorism, I must point out that many Arabs, and many people from Lebanon, are non-Muslims. Calling them names is counterproductive and may give people motive to question your own credibility. It is not a person’s race, national origin, or native language that is the issue here, but rather, their ideology.

6 Lana Korvin August 29, 2009 at 11:01 pm

Dear Mr Priest

I admire your writings and am most relieved to read about like-minded thoughts and opinions from your professional standing.
I think you stole my thunder, when you speak about middle eastern gangs, in particularly, rebirthing vehicles issues.

I have sent ICAC a comprehensive detailed email regarding my middle eastern neighbours, living in Housing Trust, who do this for a living, rebirth vehicles. They don’t work, get Centrelink handouts, some of the males are on Carer’s Allowance, nothing wrong with them, and disability payments. They have multiple wives, receipt of baby bonuses, and don’t have to work an honest day in their lives.

They get away with, they think by stealing and buying old car wrecks, write without plates or regos, and police can’t touch them. The insurance companies, where they stage their veh. accident claims from is remarkable. I have noted more than 30 vehicles being rebirthed. The names of the gang leaders: Raad Azoubidi, his brother of a different name: Sam Morias. Daily there are gangs coming and going from two addresses: 358B Prospect Road, Kilburn SA 5084, the other address: 6A The Parade, Blair Athol SA.

They appear to move vehicles quickly day and night, operating a 2nd Hand Veh. business from both properties. Next door to 358B address is a supermarket car park and it appears the owners are also affiliated with veh. rebirthing as they conduct veh. jobs in daylight hours. SAPOL is monitoring the addresses hopefully. The insurance companies, Tax Dept, and Centrelink are hopefully taking this matter seriously. The tip off I am providing is strictly confidential. I am telling many companies about these gangs because I feel it is my duty to report and provide a tip off. Middle eastern islamists are not going to contribute towards our tax system, they don’t give, they only take from our government and are fraudulent. They do not declare extra earnings or correct payments ontop of all their welfare handouts. The wives are comfortable at home making babies, while their daddies go out and steal cars, buy old wrecks, and the unsuspecting buyer of their fixed veh. will only get a ‘lemon’ which is unroadworthy, and not professionally safety checked.

Please forward this tip off to the appropriate people please. I am fed up with these Iranian Persian males not making any contribution towards society, by immigrating to Australia, by only taking from us, and undertaking deceitful works such as vehicle rebirthing. They have a gang leader, and it is obviously: Raad Alzoubidi, who stocks his new property (rental) with many luxury vehicles, the latest SSang Song (2), 2 silver Kompressor Mitsubishis, Taragos, 25 more vehicles I have personally noted.

Kindly, yours

Lana K.
PS: you are more than welcome to contact me at either my email address: or POSTAL ADDRESS:

PO BOX 189


7 haider October 26, 2010 at 9:22 pm

auusie pieces of s***

Blog admin 1389 replies:

To whom are you referring? What exactly are you talking about? If all you can do is curse, why do you bother commenting?

8 AUSSIE BLUE February 17, 2011 at 8:52 pm


9 G November 30, 2011 at 2:24 am

Opinions and freedom of speech are always important, however when sweeping statements are made, based on stereotypes, fulled primarily by subjectivity, and quite often, personal nostalgia, it strongly demonstrates just how uneducated some citizens of this country can be.

1) Middle Eastern Criminals
2) Lebs and a return to the desert
3) Inbred F***ers
4) Middle eastern islamists are not going to contribute towards our tax system

I came past this website by chance and im glad i had the oppurtunity to comment.

Thankfully, i am educated enough to be objective in my analysis of criminal activity in this country, particuarly in NSW

There is no doubt that there are issues in this country, particularly in NSW and im not here to comment on them however due to the ignorance displayed in this blogg, i felt compelled to respond and to highlight how many Australians with backgrounds ranging from European to the Middle East are quick to stand on their high moral ground and judge.

As for the comment made by Admin 13089, you make reference to credibility in opinion etc…perhaps a review on the comment you made re: Islamic Migration into Non Islamic Countries enouraging Jihadist (lets all keep in mid that the transliteration of Jihad is struggle) as this has to be the most ignorant and uneducated comment made thus far and completely destroys your credibility as being somewhat intelligent –

An Australian Lebanese Muslim,
With a hard work ethic
Not involved in middle eastern organised crime
With respect for authority
Thankfully, objective with an open heart and mind
and finally,
a PHD student in Moral Panics (perhaps refer to a dictionary for this word)


10 sty January 11, 2012 at 4:51 am

That true Here in Sydney Most of Lebanese do illegal business They also Do Illegal Sub Lease of Flat here in SYDNEY CBD, they rent flat from agency and put 10 to 15 people inside and make money asking them rent around 120 to 160$ weekly,

That Millions dollars lose for the government and Black money so…
As well they own all Convenient Store.
They don’t care of the law at all they used to say, I don’t care i’m Lebanese !!!!
I personally here many time from them.

So stupid.

If any journalist is interesting to hear everything about Illegal Sub leasing who generate Aprox 3M$ monthly and All Blackmail that generate too.
Feel free to contact me, because i’ve been in touch with sydney Council and the Mayor but it’s sound like they don’t want to care about.

I’ve been trying to understand all of this for one year, I’m in the best position to explain exactly how this is working from A to Z .

11 Assad September 5, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Came across this site by chance
I am a Lebanese Australian
Ive lived in Melbourne al my life and never experienced any kind of discrimination or racisim or never felt it, it must be something wrong with the NSW Gov .

12 Assad September 5, 2012 at 1:41 pm

Oh Yeah well said G

13 Maleja January 1, 2013 at 1:00 am

Of course WE have contirbuted to the formation of gangs. Guys with low self-esteem but quick witted and with some smarts that haven’t been honed so he feels secure in himself will go and seek out other guys in his same situation and reign havoc and mayhem on the society they see have neglected them and thrown them aside. Crazy you say but it is a part of the many and varied reasons gangs form. We have turned a blind eye to domestic, physical and financial abuse; we’ve pretended that its a pretty situation when you can’t feed em you shouldn’t breed em by having baby showers and pretending that having children out of wedlock is NOT a sin; we don’t lobby for laws to deal with sperm-donors; we drive past kids walking to/from school who are from the lower rungs of society; we forgot to teach them to say grace for their meals; we forgot that what made us unique and kept us special was:- IT TAKES A VILLAGE TO RAISE A CHILD. We forgot that each child; whether biological or not is OURS; just look at the havoc OUR younger residents caused two weeks ago!! Wouldn’t it have been better for Gov’t and private sector to have given those that needed/wanted vocational and technical training the assistance they needed rather than have the devil occupy their minds and time? YES we have failed. We as a nation has failed the test and I give an F as a grade!! BUT we can go back to the drawing board and re-do some of the ways we have been doing business with our future investments and just may save most of the next generation. God help us as we work together to make amends for the ills we have created and may He continue to bless the Cayman Islands

14 1389 January 1, 2013 at 5:44 am


I do not agree that it is the job of the government or the community to take in Muslim immigrants who do not embrace your value system and moral code, and somehow “civilize” them by giving them education and opportunities and helping to build their self-esteem. I daresay they have more “self-esteem” than is warranted already. The only answer is to stop admitting Muslim immigrants and to deport those who have already arrived, with the exception of those who are willing to publicly apostatize from Islam.

Individuals must be held accountable for their own actions; see The modern liberal world view makes monkeys out of us all.

15 lily January 16, 2013 at 11:11 pm

Train army to be police in these areas. Simple.

16 gavin February 9, 2013 at 5:20 am

the middle eastern community in australia is aprox 2% having said that look at the crime especially violent crime they are responsible for,imagine if that 2% was 10% or more??? its not about racisim its about the facts! majority of aussies couldn’t care less what religion they follow or what they look like,its their bloody violent criminal nature and their complete disrespect for the aust people,police and government that turns people against them. large parts of western Sydney are no go zones because they are run and controlled be mid eastern gangs and that’s a FACT!!! yes there a aust bikies in these areas to but they don’t go around raping,bashing and mugging innocent people.

17 oogenhand July 10, 2013 at 8:45 am

How to distinguish Muslim Arabs from non-Muslim Arabs without a thorough knowledge of Arab language and culture? Why don’t Arab Muslims have to wear beards in order to enter mosques, while e.g. Polish Muslims do have to wear beards and wear skullcaps etc. ?

18 1389 July 10, 2013 at 9:37 am

The names are a good clue.

Be advised that not everybody with a Muslim-sounding name is necessarily a Muslim, just as not everybody with a Christian or Jewish name is a believer in those faiths. But names are a pretty good guide.

19 John o September 6, 2013 at 5:18 am

Lets take our heads out of the sand , look at what is going on in the middle eastern countries , has been for ever , they are a violent insane race who can’t live amongst their own kind without killing and raping , in this country they are out of control as from were they came from

20 1389 September 6, 2013 at 8:47 am

@John o,

It isn’t a matter of race but of ideology, namely Islam.

21 JustAnotherGuy March 19, 2014 at 1:15 pm

Well look at Sydney now…
Not a no-go zone anywhere. Stop making weird assumptions just to grab the attention of ill-informed people and depicting the whole ‘bad muslims’ thing. It clearly hasnt changed much, nevertheless forgetting the equal part aussies, islanders, asians and europeans have in crime as well. Look outside the box guys. It makes the inside look equal. So. Muc for a multicultural nation’

22 Gramfan March 19, 2014 at 5:38 pm

@ JustAnotherguy,
It’s disingenuous to say there are no no-go zones. There aren’t any quite like the ones in the UK – yet!
But there are certainly places in Sydney where Australians will NOT go by choice, example Lakemba.

Having said that records show that Muslims are over-represented in prisons on a per-capita basis, and there is another group like that also.

Now, I have to say, as was pointed out above, that this is not “depicting the whole ‘bad muslims’ thing”.
Like any other group there is good and bad everywhere.

However, I know people in Sydney and they say emphatically that it has changed.

If you keep up with the news you will surely have read about the awful regularity of drive-by shootings and these are perpetuated in the main by Muslim motor cycle gangs.

Australia is an immigrant nation. People usually integrate and assimilate by the second generation. They do this by choice now. Many years ago it was government policy.

It no longer is thanks to the late Al Grasby. I am not praising him.

All cultures are NOT equal in my opinion. That’s obvious.

Multiculturalism has failed badly in Europe also. Ask Angela Merkel or David Cameron.

Most Muslim Australians are not keen to integrate and assimilate. That’s a fact.

As with any country they move to they want the host country to change for them.

23 cookie January 14, 2015 at 5:06 am

As always’ Australia f@rts around sitting on its hands until its too late 👿 I saw it happening back in the 60’s when the C.I.A., Nugan Hand Bank flooded Australia with heroin.

24 William Of Ockham November 5, 2015 at 9:17 pm

Whilst I dont Necessarily believe in race, for the sake of this comment, I will engage in the social more and state that I am half breed Lebanese/European male. Growing up in the hot spots (south west Sydney) for this kind of activity, I understand (at least superficially) why people can be angry, the thing is, we aren’t all gun toting criminals. I’m a scientist, I come from a good family and my family works hard for what they have.

I value free speech tremendously, but I value evidence based opinions more. “Race” is partly a social construct, partly a wreckless gathering of geographically similar, genetically heterogenous bloodlines. For those of you who say “oh those bloody Lebanese scum, get rid of ’em”, you are being reductive and ignorant.

Sure, disaffected youths being influenced by radical religious leaders, and relatives who are in crime can cause issues for all communities, but call a spade a spade. We all have this problem, the bra boys, Australian bikie gangs and a large number of neo-nazi gangs cause just as much havoc here in Australia as the middle eastern gangs. If you want to change the issue, focus on education and getting people involved in things where they can feel as though they are part or something larger than themselves. The identity crisis in Australia needs to end.

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