An Australian man is in court for assaulting a Jewish man and making anti-Semitic remarks during a protest against Israel. Brendon Lee O’Connell, 38, is accused of telling Stanley Keyser, who is Jewish, “You think the world revolves around you. You have a religion of racism, hate, homicide, and ethnic cleansing.”
O’Connell is also accused of hitting Keyser after he attempted to walk away.
The incident in question took place as O’Connell took part in a “Friends of Palestine” protest outside a fruit store. The group was protesting Israeli fruit.
Prosecurter Anthony Eyers said that in addition to the charges regarding Keyser, O’Connell also made anti-Semitic posts to his blog.
O’Connell represented himself last week in court, where he called to charge the judge with treason, termed the court a “kangaroo court,” and mimicked a kangaroo. He was supported by several friends who cheered from the gallery. The trial will continue.
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