Australasian Union of Jewish Students

Jewish students call for offensive joke article in UNSW student publication to be withdrawn

Jewish students call for offensive joke article in UNSW student publication to be withdrawn

The Australasian Union of Jewish Students has called for UNSW’s student publication, THARUNKA, to withdraw an offensive joke article titled “UNSW students seize Max Brenner”.

By Aujs / August 07, 2014

UPDATE: THARUNKA responded to AUJS' public call by updating the original article to note that it was part of their yearly prank. We are still awaiting an apology.

The article published online today claims that thirty students have occupied the UNSW Max Brenner store in an anti-Israel protest.

“In this time of heightened tensions on campus, with Jewish students feeling increasingly alienated by the actions of extremist students, this fake article has caused further discomfort and confusion," said AUJS National Political Affairs Director Matthew Lesh.

The article, which led to a since-deleted report in the Daily Telegraph, claims that students were generally supportive of the incursion.

“Jewish students do not need reports of protests that didn’t happen, supported by students who don’t exist, at this difficult point in time,” Mr Lesh said.

The article was written as a part of Tharunka’s yearly UNSW Foundation Day prank.

“The article was not funny or insightful, nor has it been made clear at any stage that it is a joke,” Mr Lesh said.

“At the very least the article should be marked as satire, and apology issued for the confusion and discomfort caused, if not wholly withdrawn.”

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