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SBS Yiddish Report: Jewish leaders criticized anti-Israel bias expressed in the Australian media

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SBS Yiddish report with Alex Dafner, 23.5.2021The Australian Jewish community was deeply concerned over the virulent anti-Israel and even anti-Semitic slogans and chants at the pro-Palestinian demonstrations in Melbourne and Sydney this week and pro-Israel rallies are being planned in both cities despite threats of violence against these on the internet.The Executive Council of Australian Jewry has criticized the largely pro-Palestinian and anti-Israel bias expressed in the Australian media regarding the current hostilities in the M-E and has lodged an official complaint against the ABC for their report about the origins, conduct and causes of the current conflict.Australian politicians from both main political parties have mostly supported Israel’s right to defend its citizens and have called for a cessation in the current violence, with the Greens’ party being the exception by referring to Israel’s occupation and oppression as the underlying problem preventing progress on security and peace.The most virulent expression of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic feelings and threats of violence, as a result of the current conflict in the M-E, have occurred on Australia’s university campuses, leading to the Jewish students’ union AUJC’s cancellation of Shavuot holiday activities, but a release of a statement of defiance and determination to carry on with its work and support of Israel and Jewish life on campus.

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