Jewish students have faced renewed harassment and intimidation from extremists during the recent orientation week on campuses across Australia.
Peter Wertheim, Â executive director ofÂ The Executive Council of Australian Jewry, told J-Wire: “The spate of racist incidents against Jewish students on campuses at the Australian National University, the University of NSW and the University of Adelaide, are a disgraceful reflection of the deterioration that has occurred in the prevailing culture of student and academic life not only in Australia but also at many universities throughout the western world.Â The nature of the hostility and the epithets directed against Jewish students are unambiguously antisemitic.Â Â The veneer of anti-Zionism is wearing increasingly thin.Â Â Â The student organisations that spawn this sort of behaviour will have to get over their narcissistic belief in their own infallibility and do some serious soul-searching. The same applies to the handful of academics who conceive of their role as advocates for an anti-Israel agenda rather than as scholars engaged in rigorous and dispassionate research and analysis.”
J-Wire posed questions to Federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne. We received the responses from a spokesman.
A campus sign was vandalised with a crudely drawn Star of David containing the number “666” and the words “No Jew world order”.Â “Adelaide has a small Jewish community, while the pro-Palestine group is large, active, and well funded,” Ms Cohen said.
Boycotted Israeli embraced by other fellows
A HEBREW University political scientist whose initial bid for a fellowship application was rejected as part of a boycott against Israel has arrived in Australia expressing outrage at the action taken by Sydney academic Jake Lynch.
Dan Avnon this week took up a Sir Zelman Cowen scholarship at Sydney University’s Institute for Democracy and Human Rights, after Professor Lynch, who heads the university’s Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, turned him down. The move sparked an explosive academic stoush and an international court battle.