October 19, 2022 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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NSW Labor will reconsider a membership application by former academic Jay Tharappel reported by The Australian as having worn clothes bearing slogans calling for ‘Death to Israel’ and ‘Cursing on the Jews’.
Members of the PLA and Jewish groups expressed outrage.
NSW Labor leader Chris Minns issued a statement saying: “There is no place for anti-Semitism in NSW work. I am deeply concerned about the reported remarks and have asked the party office to urgently consider the request.
Mr Tharappel, a staunch far-left supporter of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad and Iran’s brutal religious regime, was previously a human rights tutor at the University of Sydney. The 33-year-old is now an associate board member of the ‘Centre for Studies Against Hegemony’, a network of pro-Assad and pro-Tehran scholars, and a regular ‘political commentator’ for television of Iranian state.
NSW Jewish Board of Deputies Chairman David Ossip and CEO Darren Bark said: ‘We are extremely concerned about Mr Tharappel’s appalling record of supporting the world’s most repressive regimes and terrorist organisations. recognized, as well as his sympathy for heinous conspiracy theories.
In recent years, Mr. Tharappel has attacked local Jewish community organizations for their calls to outlaw Hezbollah in its entirety as a terrorist organization and alleged that Israel had “spent the last decade helping al-Qaeda and the Islamic State”. He also used social media to post other material offensive to NSW’s Jewish community, including questioning the number of Holocaust victims.
Mr. Tharappel’s views are repugnant and divisive and have no place in our peaceful, multicultural society. Mr Tharappel does not deserve to be a member of the NSW Labor Party and we urge that he be expelled as a matter of urgency.
We are pleased that a meeting has been called to consider Mr Tharappel’s membership and are confident that the NSW Labor Party will take appropriate action against him.