‘It makes people scared to show pride’ Muslim protester spits at Jewish protesters during a violent clash over Israel and Palestine
- Anti-Israel demonstrator was filmed spitting on a Star of David flag in Melbourne
- Protesters for and against Palestine clashed outside State Library on Saturday
- It occurred a day after Israeli soldiers shot a Palestinian cameraman in Gaza
Tensions boiled outside the State Library as anti-Israeli activists came face-to-face with demonstrators against Islamic terror, a day after Israeli troops opened fire on the Gaza border and killed a Palestinian cameraman flying a drone.
The afternoon rally took a sinister turn when a man in a blue shirt spat on an Israeli flag being held by Jewish demonstrators.
As chants of ‘Free, free Palestine’ were shouted on Swanston Street, the man walked over to the Star of David flag, which is also the national symbol of Israel.
Conservative activist Avi Yemini, who obtained the footage from a spectator at the rally, said that ‘hate crime’ gesture on Saturday afternoon was an act of intimidation.
It makes Jews scared to display their pride in fear of similar attacks,’ he told Daily Mail Australia on Monday.
Yemini, a former Israeli solider who is also a member of the right-wing Australian Liberty Alliance, said the Jewish demonstrators in Melbourne had declined to retaliate out of fear.
Tensions boiled outside the State Library as anti-Israeli activists came face-to-face with demonstrators against Islamic terror, a day after Israeli troops opened fire on the Gaza border
‘I don’t blame them,’ said the gym owner and self-defence instructor, who is an Arab Jew.
‘There were hundreds of angry, Middle Eastern men coming at them with murder in their eyes.’
Yemini was the frontman for the ‘ Standing with Israel Against Islamic Terror’, which was organised in response to the ‘Solidarity with Palestine’ rally, which was promoted by the Islamic Council of Victoria and the Socialist Alternative.
‘We demand the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador of Australia,’ the anti-Israel rally said on Facebook ahead of the demonstration.
‘We call on Australian politicians to break political and economic ties and condemn the massacre in Gaza.’
The anti-Israel demonstrators outnumbered the pro-Israel activists, two to one, with about 250 people taking to the street on Saturday, with signs accusing Israel of waging a ‘Zionist massacre and persecution of the Palestinians’.
Palestine flags were out in force, outnumbering Israeli flags, a day after Israeli snipers gunned down protesters at the Gaza border.
Yaser Murtaja, 30, a cameraman for Palestinian Ain Media, was killed doing his job on Friday at the border with Israel.
Israeli sharp shooters had been stationed at Gaza to stop Palestinians and potential terrorists from breaking through the security fence.
Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that journalist wearing a press vest, who died on Saturday, had been flying a drone.
‘Anyone who operates drones over Israeli soldiers needs to understand he’s putting himself at risk,’ he told a forum in Israel covered by the Haaretz newspaper.
Palestine flags were out in force, outnumbering Israeli flags, a day after Israeli snipers gunning down protesters at the Gaza border
‘The circumstances in which journalists were allegedly hit by IDF fire are not familiar to the IDF and are being looked into,’ it said in a statement.
Yemini said Hamas, the governing party of the Palestinian Authority, deserved condemnation not Israel.
‘The outrage should be directed at Hamas, the Islamic terror organisation that is using its people as human shields to carry out attacks on Israel,’ he said.
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