‘Drown in your own blood, you Jewish scum’: Gym owner receives vile death threats after he criticised the Islamic community
- Melbourne man Avi Yemini received an online death threat on Sunday afternoon
- The former IDF sharpshooter is outspoken on religion and extremism
- He received a message from a man who wanted to ‘drown him in his own blood’
- This is not the first death threat Mr Yemini has received after criticising Islam
A Jewish gym owner in Melbourne has been met with vile death threats following his online criticism of the Islamic community.
Avi Yemini, a former sharpshooter for the Israeli Defence Forces, shared a video to Facebook on Saturday morning slamming attacks performed by Islamic militants in the Phillipines and Egypt, and claiming Ramadan is ‘the month of Jihad’.
On Sunday afternoon, he was sent a Facebook message by a Parramatta man who claimed he would ‘make sure you drown in your own blood your [sic] Jewish scum’.
‘Do you think your [sic] a mad c***. Talking about Islam like that,’ the message began.
‘Let’s meet up and have a chat about Islam. U [sic] think your [sic] some tuff [sic] guy aye well [we] will see how tough you are.
‘I promise u [sic] I’m gana [sic] see you round and when I do I’m gana [sic] make sure you drown in your own blood your [sic] Jewish scum’.
Mr Yemini says the message has proved a point he has long been trying to make about some Islamic people.
‘He’s clearly not too happy, but he’s kind of proved my point,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.
‘You can scream and shout that you’re part of a religion of peace, but in the same sentence you threaten you’re going to murder someone.
‘For any religious man to sit behind a computer and think it’s okay to talk about murdering someone else, it’s mind boggling.’
The Jewish man claims he will not be silenced by the threats, which he claims prove the point he was trying to make
The death threat, which is not the first Mr Yemini has received, is ‘confronting’, he says, but won’t stop him from sharing his views.
‘You can’t help but stand back and go “woah”. Somebody is actually threatening to kill you,’ he said.
‘There’s no way I’m going to allow it to stop me or silence me in any way.’
Mr Yemini says he has had issues with opposition to his views on Islam that he does not face when criticising other religions.
A Jewish man himself, the former IDF sharpshooter says he often critiques his own religion as well, and his videos and online posts are ‘ideas’ and not personal attacks.
I’m discussing ideas,’ he said.
‘I’m certainly not a person who discriminates against anybody for their race, religion and gender but i will discuss ideas.
‘If I have a problem with something, I will discuss it and make my position known, but certainly not from a racist point of view.
[This man is] so offended that I’m willing to discuss his religion – but I talk about Judaism as well.
‘No Jew has ever threatened me if I’ve said something against Judaism, they’ve discussed it with me and tried to convince me otherwise.’
Earlier this week, Mr Yemini told his online following of 66,000 he was considering running for State Government.
‘I’ve got an opinion and I’m going to voice it and if nothing is going to change, I’m going to try and change it myself,’ he said.
Mr Yemini has forwarded on a screenshot of the threatening message to Victoria Police, but has concerns, as a threatening phone call he received in March and reported has not been dealt with.
‘I’ve forwarded it all through to the police,’ he said.
‘I just hope [the people threatening me] don’t shoot me in the meantime.’