Protest at Sydney University – the video

March 12, 2015 by J-Wire News Service
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J-Wire has received video of yesterday’s violent  protest at Sydney University disrupting a lecture by celebrated British military officer Colonel Richard Kemp.


J-Wire has received the following statement from the Australasian Union of Jewish Students:

At 1pm on March 5 at the University of Sydney, Colonel Richard Kemp gave a public lecture on the ethics of Military Tactics in recent conflicts to a largely Jewish audience, before being aggressively interrupted by a group of students and professors wishing to silence the Colonel.

Colonel Richard Kemp is viewed as one of the most internationally respected military analysts, after being commander of British Army forces in Afghanistan. He is well known for his analysis on the recent Israel-Hamas conflict, where he praised the Israel Defence Forces for their highly ethical military tactics to avoid civilian casualties against an opponent known for using human shields.

The Colonel had been talking about militant groups in Ireland and Afghanistan when a group of students stormed into the lecture theatre and started shouting from megaphones “Richard Kemp, you can’t hide, you support genocide”, and proceeded to interrupt the event, aggressively resisting security when asked to leave.

“AUJS thoroughly condemns the highly aggressive tactics used by the purportedly ‘pro- Palestinian’ protestors to intimidate audience members and impede on their right to listen to a public lecture given by highly respected expert, who happens to disagree with their view of the world”, AUJS National Political Director, Julian Kowal said.
“This aggressive attack on freedom of speech was undoubtedly intended to intimidate the largely Jewish student audience and make them feel unwelcome at the University of Sydney”

The group of students had been led in part by professor Jake Lynch, the director of the University of Sydney Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, who actively participated in the protest, shouting in the faces of Jewish students, obstructing the campus security’s ability to remove the protestors and filming the Jewish students in attendance without their consent.

“The ultra-left student protestors are highly hypocritical in their tactics, willing to interrupt the freedom of speech of others when convenient and then crying wolf when they are forcibly removed from protesting illegally”