University protesters slammed for declaring ‘unconditional support’ for Hamas

Organisers of an anti-Israel encampment at the Australian National University spark controversy over backing of terrorist group.

University protesters slammed for declaring ‘unconditional support’ for Hamas
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Organisers of an anti-Israel encampment at the Australian National University (ANU) are under fire for their controversial remarks expressing unwavering support for Hamas, deemed a terrorist organisation by the Australian government.

Beatrice Tucker and Luke Harrison, speaking on behalf of the encampment, faced scrutiny during an interview with ABC Radio Canberra's Ross Solly.

Tucker, a former student representative, defended the terrorist group Hamas, stating they deserved "unconditional support," citing the dire situation in Palestine.

Despite Solly's insistence on condemning Hamas's past actions, Tucker and Harrison remained firm in their bizarre stance, refusing to denounce the organisation's horrific violence.

The interview prompted swift backlash, with Alex Ryvchin from the Executive Council of Australian Jewry condemning the remarks as "chilling" and calling for disciplinary action.

Ryvchin warned of the encampments' potential to sow division and echoed concerns of similar tactics seen in the US.

Within ANU's student community, reactions were mixed, with some expressing shock at the presence of antisemitism within the university's student union.

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  • By Avi Yemini

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