Young Greens say AUJS ban not directed to ” Jewish people or students”
The NSW Young Greens have reaffirmed in their Facebook their support for Palestine and its citizens.
The NSW Young Greens declined an invitation from AUJS to meet mith young political staffers in the NSW parliament.
In the post, they said: “The NSW Young Greens would like to confirm our support for Palestine and its citizens.
We support the Greens NSW position that “the Israel-Palestine conflict is not one of equal players. There is an oppressor and there is an oppressed” (1). We also stand by our multi-cultural principles, “in zero tolerance to people being harassed, abused, vilified, stigmatised, discriminated against, disadvantaged or exploited based on religious, ethnic, linguistic and racial grounds” (2).
Our responses to the recent invitation from Australasian Union of Jewish Students (AUJS) specifically referred to AUJS as an organisation due to their politics, and not Jewish people or students as a whole. This can be seen in the screenshot below. The NSW Young Greens support Jewish causes and engage with organisations that do not support the ongoing occupation and military operations in Gaza by the Israeli military.
We broadly condemn any kind of denial or justification of the ongoing violation of the rights of Palestinians. AUJS has a history of campaigning in support of the Israeli military bombing of Gaza through their “What Would You Do” campaign (3).
In light of this, we do not believe it is appropriate for NSW Young Greens to attend events organised by AUJS as representatives of the NSW Young Greens.
We acknowledge that AUJS’s position does not represent the views of all Jewish students or even every member of AUJS, however the NSW Young Greens have made a collective decision to not to engage with AUJS while their position remains explicitly anti-Palestine. We hope that AUJS will begin to distance themselves from defending the Israeli Defence Force’s actions.
The NSW Young Greens pledge our continued solidarity with the Palestinian people, and support their struggle for liberation.”
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Dr Dvir Abramovich, Chairman of the ADC, said: “We share the outrage of AUJS, and strongly condemn this wrong-headed, exclusionary and biased decision that promotes a simplistic approach to the complex Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The NSW Young Greens have chosen to align themselves with the divisive and fundamentally unconstructive BDS movement and their shameful actions show blatant disregard to the welfare of Jewish students since this policy will further fuel the climate of Jewish- hatred and intimidation on campuses.
The malicious BDS campaign uses strong-arm tactics and traffics in discrimination, and does not contribute in any productive way to the promotion of peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians. At heart the BDS movement is promoting a fervently vicious and relentless anti-Israel message, and the actions of the Young Greens will contribute to the singling out and demonisation of those who have links with and support the state of Israel. At a time of an alarming rise in anti-Semitism and violence, Australian students organisations should champion the cause of reconciliation and build bridges of communication, not stoke the embers of discord and foment an atmosphere of hostility against the Jewish community. We call on Richard Di Natale to publicly and unequivocally denounce this policy and to act immediately to rectify this unconscionable situation.”
A spokesperson for AUJS declined to comment.