Police are investigating an alleged assault by pro-Palestinian protesters against Australian Jews as videos emerge of protest leaders labeling themselves “terrorists” and saying their “proper resistance action” is yet to come.
The alleged assault occurred against Jewish citizens who were attempting to attend a debate at Melbourne City Hall on February 20 when protesters confronted them.
Video of the incident shows a Jewish man being run over before police forcibly drag him away and tell him he is “disturbing the peace”, despite protesting that he has a ticket to attend a debate in the living room.
Video of the alleged assault shows a Jewish man being dumped outside Melbourne City Hall.
Separate video has emerged of City Hall protest leaders at another demonstration outside Victoria’s Parliament, labeling themselves “terrorists” who will cleanse Australia and Israel of “colonizers”.
In the video recorded on January 25 and intended for distribution on Australia Day, the man who identifies himself as Keiran says that “a“Any type of terrorism we can commit is justified resistance.”
“It is legally justified under international law and morally,” Keiran said.
‘Of course, the colonial entities are going to call us terrorists and, at the end of the day, to them we could be terrorists.
“If we are honest, we are (terrorists) because we are terrorizing colonial systems…they should not be in Palestine in the first place.”
Another man, who cannot be identified for legal reasons but who was part of the protest at City Hall, addresses the demonstration, which has called itself “Sit-Intifida” and has maintained a permanent camp in front of Parliament.
“As you said, they label us as terrorists… we haven’t even started proper resistance action yet,” the man said.
‘We will do it. It’s just a matter of time.’
The Melbourne man claims indigenous Australians are also fighting settlers, as are Palestinians.
“We will continue to teach our children how to exist and how to resist and we will return the land to its traditional owners,” he said.
“Aboriginal land, not just Palestine, every land… because throughout history for thousands of years, there is no colonizer that has lasted forever.”
Two men who were part of the alleged assault on City Hall have been filmed at another protest outside Victoria’s Parliament.
The man, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, also appeared at a demonstration on December 10 last year in Melbourne’s CBD.
‘This is not a war. “This is an honorable resistance movement against the Zionist occupation that began in 1948, not on October 7, 2023,” he said to a cheering crowd.
A permanent pro-Palestinian protest has been organized on the steps of Parliament House in Melbourne.
‘We condemn the so-called Israel and its supporters for the current genocide against the Palestinian people. We condemn the Zionists here, there and everywhere.
‘We demand no less. Nothing less. May the liberation of every corner of the traditional Palestinian land. Nothing less.’
Investigations are underway into the incident outside City Hall and Sky News reports that Victoria Police Commissioner Shane Patton describes the situation as “very difficult and volatile.”
Deputy Commissioner Neil Paterson has been delegated to deal with the matter, and statements have been collected from the alleged victims.
“Using their bodies and then their hands, they began to push us back, attack and threaten us, in addition to hurling many racial and anti-Semitic insults at us,” an official police statement states.
Senior police are understood to be reviewing videos of the incident.
“Victoria Police can confirm they are investigating an alleged assault outside Melbourne City Hall on February 20,” police said in a statement to Sky News.
“This comes after police received a formal report from a 36-year-old man who attended Caulfield police station on the afternoon of February 21,” the statement read.
‘At the time of the alleged assault, a demonstration was taking place in front of the town hall.
“Anyone who witnessed the incident or has information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers…Due to privacy, we cannot comment on individuals.”