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Australian Jewish students can’t handle posters that support Palestine

The Australian Jewish News now runs an online TV channel. So what are they producing? Videos such as this, where students at UNSW talk about the supposed anti-Israel sentiment in the wake of the Gaza flotilla. Perhaps the most tragic part of this is one Jewish ‘leader’ showing the camera where on a map of the university pro-Palestinian flyers are being placed.

So it’s now intimidating for poor, Jewish students simply having pro-Palestinian flyers and speakers appearing on a lawn outside a campus library? I guess critical voices of Israel should just keep quiet.

Just remember this when the media is filled with articles about the “rise in anti-Semitism”:

  • Maybe an armed escort to protect these poor poor Jewish students.

    They talk about harassment at the campus and already the wetting their pants, how about thinking for a second what the Palestinians go through every second of their lives.  If that's too much to comprehend then just imagine the harassment the people on the aid convoy went through.

  • Anna

    Hi Anthony,

    Jewish students aren't against posters supporting Palestine, we are against posters that bash Israel which are so dramatic they flame hatred and radicalism on campus; as Khaled Abu Toamed [a Palestinian himself] has pointed out, there is a large difference between support for one group and the deligimisation of the other.

    This is because such posters inflame hatred and radicalism and lead to Australian students who support Israel, Jewish and non-Jewish, being attacked on campus, whether they are simply walking around [one Jewish student attack on campus last week in this fasion] or trying to debate the issue with protesters on campus [one non-jewish student attacked on campus for this last week].

    I don't like not feeling safe on my own campus simply because I am known as a Zionist.

    There is a large difference between a 'pro-Palestine peace week' poster and an 'israeli apartheid' or 'israeli war crimes' poster which shows Israelis, dirty, ;large nosed, heavily bearded, hairy, and granning, washing blood off their hands whilst shot Gazans lie on the floor, with a picture of Uncle Sam watching and laughing [as there was this week]. Inflamatory and overly dramatic posters such as that have no place at a University campus.

    I think it is rich to compare jewish students who, often likemyself, do NOT engage with protesters/anti-israel peope on campus at all, to feel at risk on campus, to the aid boats, who were clearly and obviously putting themselves into a situation imbued with the tones of sovereignity and terrorism where there was a substantial risk action would be taken against them.

    Again, I don't think my walking around my own campus, peacefully and not wanting any trouble, should invite harassment or attack. it is not about jewish/non-Jewish, it is about Israeli supporter/not.

  • AJM

    You're so right Anthony. They're just insane!! How on earth can these people justify defending themselves??!!

    I mean all that's happening is that they're being actively pursued, physically harassed and told that their opinion (and/or religion) is the cause of all evil while misleading and false material is handed out to hundreds of people and being presented as facts.. what are they complaining about? Obviously they should just lie down and take it.

    I know, why don't we organise an opportunity for these awful awful Zionist students to go and apologise to those who attacked them? Something along the lines of: "I'm sorry non-student who is on campus intimidating me and pushing me around, I really shouldn't have tried to defend myself or thought I had a right to support a different view to you.. I think I'll just lie here on the ground and let you kick me, as everything Israel does is obviously my fault and since everything bad that ever happened to a Palestinian was caused by me, I really can't ever complain about anything unjust that occurs to me"

    As usual Anthony you're a paragon of virtue. If only more people were like you!

  • Adam

    What I find amusing is the "leader" from UNSW who was whining about activists, some of whom no doubt were students, setting up stalls on campus and trying to talk to and hand leaflets to as many people as possible.

    How frightening that must be. People publicly stating a differing opinion, and trying to convinced others of the rightness of their cause. How undemocratic.

    It's worth noting that he describes the leaflet as being deceitful. Apparently it was from the day after the flotilla massacre… sorry self-defence… when media reports were still fluctuation between the number of dead being at 16 or at 9. I would have thought that picking one of the numbers that was being touted by the media would have been acceptable, but apparently not if it allows for a quick propaganda snipe.

    I wonder, if Israel had intended to board peacefully as they claim they didn't do it during daylight and in Israeli/Palestinian waters after publicly announcing their intention to board and loudly demanding the surrender of the "criminal" fleet to Israel's authorities.


    Of course harassment should be condemned, especially if it involves physical aggression, but if they can't prove it happened it shouldn't be reported as the unvarnished truth.  I wonder what they have to say about the harassment that vocal critics of Israel are often subjected to.