3AW: Jewish students ‘bullied’ out of class
Jewish students are allegedly being assaulted and refused entry into lectures at universities around Melbourne.
Student groups report anti-Israel protesters at RMIT, Monash and La Trobe campuses are profiling people and heckling Jews out of class lectures.
Matthew Lesh from the Australasian Union of Jewish Students told Tom Elliott they’ve had a “phenomenal” experience on campus in the past two weeks.
“What’s happening on the other side of the world is directly impacting Jewish students in the most disgusting and despicable manner,” he said.
“We’ve seen across campuses, across Melbourne, even across Australia, what would be classed as anti-semitism in any understanding being carried out against Jewish students simply because Jewish students are associated with Israel.
“Some of the things that we’re hearing on campus at the moment are beyond reprehensible.
“You’ve got fundamental bullying of people just because of their views, their religious beliefs.”
LISTEN IN FULL: Matthew Lesh speaks with Tom Elliott
He said there has even been physical violence.
“A Jewish student was shoved after being called some quite vulgar language,” he told Tom Elliott.
“What we’re really doing is calling for the universities to take a strong stand against this kind of activity on their campuses, especially La Trobe university.
“We have specific students who are going out of their way to bully Jewish students.”