Australian and Israeli flags set on fire in Melbourne

July 24, 2014 by J-Wire Staff
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A group of pro-Palestinian students set fire to an Australian flag and Israeli flag outside the DFAT offices in Melbourne’s Lonsdale St yesterday leading to arrests.

Burning the allegedly stolen Aussie flag   Pic: Courtesy Channel 7

 Burning the allegedly stolen Aussie flag                                Pic: Courtesy Channel 7

Channel 7 reports that ten students are facing charges including the theft of an Australian flag. The group is reported to have chained themselves inside the passport office smearing red paint on the windows.

J-Wire understands the Australian flag set on fire had been stolen from the DFAT offices.

A spokesman for AUJS told J-Wire: “The Australasian Union of Jewish Students has condemned the burning of an Australian and Israeli flag outside the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Melbourne office.

“The storming of a government office, theft of goods, and burning of flags is a disgusting and unacceptable act,” said AUJS Political Affairs Director Matthew Lesh.

“These types of acts serve to show how extremist and disconnected the Socialist Alternative is from civilised political debate or peaceful solutions,” said Mr Lesh.

Jewish students have voiced their concern about the nature of ongoing attacks on Israel and antisemitic behaviour from extremist students.

“These types of acts from Students for Palestine do nothing to solve issues in the Middle East but instead serve to alienate Jewish students on campus,” said Mr Lesh.



One Response to “Australian and Israeli flags set on fire in Melbourne”
  1. Un-peace loving is as un-peace loving does .
    As one Muslim humanist put it “the Jewish people
    Are people of the Book ” and the Arabs and Muslims and
    Palestinians are ” warriors of the desert”
    Will there EVER be peace in this region?

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