Picture of Jewish boy being pressured to kiss classmate’s footwear sparks outrage in Australia – Africa, Asia and Australia



Two experiences of anti-Semitic bullying at faculties in Australia are receiving widespread media protection.

A photograph that allegedly reveals a 12-year-old Jewish scholar being pressured to kneel to kiss the footwear of a Muslim classmate was circulated on social media. The incident occurred on the Cheltenham Secondary Faculty within the city of Cheltenham, a Melbourne suburb, based on The Age, a Melbourne-based newspaper.

The report didn’t make it clear if the Muslim boy’s faith had something to do with the incident.

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A second incident happened on the Hawthorn West Main Faculty in Melbourne, the place a 5-year-old Jewish scholar was known as various anti-Semitic insults, together with a “Jewish cockroach,” based on The Age.
Each Jewish boys have left their faculties.

Dvir Abramovich, chairman of B’nai B’rith’s Anti-Defamation Fee, mentioned the incidents are a part of a broader development of anti-Semitic bullying.

“There may be mounting proof that households are pressured to take their kids out of public faculties and to enroll them in Jewish day faculties as a result of a rising sense of insecurity and concern that their children shall be harmed merely due to who they’re,” Abramovich advised The Age.

The mom of the boy within the picture mentioned she was disenchanted by the college’s lack of response. She advised The Age that the college mentioned it was not chargeable for the incident because it didn’t happen on its campus. However the mom mentioned she talked to the mother and father of the Muslim scholar, who disapproved of their son’s actions.

One other boy concerned within the incident was later suspended for punching the Jewish boy, The Age reported.

In the meantime, the boy at Hawthorn West Main Faculty was repeatedly subjected to anti-Semitic insults and teased as a result of he was circumcised, his mom advised The Age. The college despatched the mother and father an apology letter final month, the mom mentioned.