Australasian Union of Jewish Students

Pro-Hamas propagandists disrupt Sydney University Jewish students’ event

Pro-Hamas propagandists disrupt Sydney University Jewish students’ event

The Australasian Union of Jewish Students (AUJS) has condemned the disruption of a peaceful speaker event this evening at Sydney University by pro-Hamas propagandists, including the near-punch of university security personnel.

By Aujs / August 21, 2014

Tags / BDS University of Sydney Israel



A few minutes into the speech of Dr Yoaz Hendel, former adviser to Benjamin Netanyahu and head of the Institute for Zionist Strategies (IZS), the Socialist Alternative linked students began yelling pro-Hamas propaganda and chants.

Dr Hendel responded to their assertions of Israeli responsibility for deaths in Gaza by asking, “do you know Hamas is using UN schools to launch rockets against Israel? Do you know Hamas is killing their own people?”

After claims of discriminatory rules Dr Hendel pointed to the thousands of draconian rules in Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and other Middle Eastern countries.

The students, who clearly never intended to stay, left just minutes into their yelling.

"The people who sit here and shout are not liberals. They think they are helping human rights but they are not," Dr Hendel said after they left.

“Tonight’s antics show once again that these people are more concerned with being disruptive and detrimental to the public dialogue than reaching peaceful solutions,” said AUJS Political Affairs Director Matthew Lesh. 

“We hosted this event with peaceful intent, to hear from a speaker and inform our members, not to see petty tactics to intimidate Jewish students." 

This follows the University of Sydney Student Representative Council passing a deeply offensive and alienating pro-Hamas motion. 

“AUJS is calling for and working towards peaceful dialogue and safety for Jewish students on campus in these difficult times,” Mr Lesh continued.


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commented 2014-08-22 12:46:08 +1000
Being against the actions of Israel does not necessarily make one pro-hamas, in truth, both Hamas and the state of Israel are acting as poorly as each other, one viewed by parts of the west as a terrorist organisation and the other viewed by many countries in the middle east as a terrorist state. We can only pray for a peaceful solution soon and for both sides to set aside their differences and grow up.
commented 2014-08-21 20:33:32 +1000
Great to see people stand up against unjust laws, wherever they may be, in particular those who attempt to portray themselves as victims against a reactionary group, when they are the world’s 4th largest military.
30% Children. Bombing of UN-schools after 33 warnings not to bomb them. The UN, whose biggest supporters support the occupation of Palestine, would immediately televise and publish if rockets are used in UN schools; would tell the world if children were in fact being used as human shields, however they are not. AUJS and other supporters of this apartheid state have it inbuilt into their mind that the fact that homebrew rockets are being launched at them means they have every right to decimate buildings of innocent people.
300 holocaust survivors have written a statement against the actions of this tyrant government. Gaza seems to be the only place where nobody recognises the state of Israel and they’re going to be bombed and killed until someone validates them. Only then can the Gazans get more shovels and shrouds to bury their dead.
commented 2014-08-21 19:43:28 +1000
Pathetic. Don’t try to claim to be “the freest country in the Middle East” if you don’t want to be called out on your racist Knesset and human rights abuses. The other countries atleast don’t bother maintaining a hypocritical facade whilst bombing hundreds of innocent children for “self defence.” Pathetic play Aujs. Bring in more war criminals, I’d like to see how far you guys wish to propagate your fallacious narrative.