Jewish students 'bullied' out of class

Jewish students are allegedly being assaulted and refused entry into lectures at universities around Melbourne.

Student groups report anti-Israel protesters at RMIT, Monash and La Trobe campuses are profiling people and heckling Jews out of class lectures.

Matthew Lesh from the Australasian Union of Jewish Students told Tom Elliott they’ve had a “phenomenal” experience on campus in the past two weeks.

“What’s happening on the other side of the world is directly impacting Jewish students in the most disgusting and despicable manner,” he said.

“We’ve seen across campuses, across Melbourne, even across Australia, what would be classed as anti-semitism in any understanding being carried out against Jewish students simply because Jewish students are associated with Israel.

“Some of the things that we’re hearing on campus at the moment are beyond reprehensible.

“You’ve got fundamental bullying of people just because of their views, their religious beliefs.”

LISTEN IN FULL: Matthew Lesh speaks with Tom Elliott

He said there has even been physical violence.

“A Jewish student was shoved after being called some quite vulgar language,” he told Tom Elliott.

“What we’re really doing is calling for the universities to take a strong stand against this kind of activity on their campuses, especially La Trobe university.

“We have specific students who are going out of their way to bully Jewish students.”

TOM ELLIOTT'S TAKE: It is a public lecture. The idea is that it’s supposed to be a place where ideas can be exchanged freely.

If that’s true, that 5 jewish students were banned from a public lecture, because of their Jewishness I find that absolutely appalling. If the Socialist Alternative is listening, and I doubt they are, but if they are just have a think about it, is that the sort of world that you want?

Does Palestine not have enough? Sometimes it doesn’t. But it is Hamas that started launching rockets.

Israel has the iron dome. Why does Israel have the iron dome? It invented it. It made it. It wasn’t given to it. The Israelis made it themselves. They’re one of the most inventive people on earth.

Israel is undoubtedly far stronger in this war that Palestine ever is. Israel absolutely has a case to answer for, as far as the walls it stuck up, about incursions into what is considered to be Palestinian territory, indeed the foundation of the Jewish State in 1948.

Israel if we acknowledge its right to exist, then you must also acknowledge its right to defend itself. That’s what I believe.

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