Australian ‘Friend of Palestine’ Charged with Anti-Semitism

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.”

Anti-Israel rally (illustrative)

Anti-Israel rally (illustrative)

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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