Monday, September 04, 2006


Jews in fear of hardline uni groups

RADICAL left-wing groups at Melbourne universities are exploiting tensions in the Middle East to promote anti-Semitism and recruit members, according to Jewish student groups.


There have been several incidents on Melbourne campuses, particularly between the Socialist Alternative Group and university Liberal Party groups.

In one, a Liberal was grabbed by the throat and threatened. In another, security staff had to separate Students Against War and Racism and Liberal Club members waving Israeli flags.


Blogger Mike B said...

The article, and the longer feature version, look pretty dodgy to me. There's no evidence of leftist antisemitism at all, only allegations. The piece from the SA internal bulletin does make them look dodgy - "it is excellent terrain for us" - but in a vanguardist way, not an anti-semitic way.

The Vice-Chancellor here at Sydney Uni sent an email to all students recently warning against political overexuberance over Lebanon and linking it dubiously to anti-semitism. It's basically slander of the left, designed to intimidate, and I don't think we should play into it, regardless of major differences with SA or any other grouplet.

3:32 pm  
Blogger Mike B said...

Jeff Sparrow has a good post:

5:28 pm  
Blogger Catherine said...

Quite right, they are smears, and part of a trend that has been directed at the left more widely. All the same, some political tactics play right into the hands of those who would seek to perpetuate this politics of slander. Carelessness gives those on the right too much to work with.

I'll have a look at the Sparrow post, thanks for the link.

6:08 pm  

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