Australian University Lecturer Expelled After Showing Swastika Imposed Over Israel Flag

The lecturer accuses the University of unprincipled political censorship and 'ignoring the intellectual freedom rule of the university'

Send in e-mailSend in e-mail
Students attend the University of Sydney open day in Sydney, Australia August 25, 2018.
Students attend the University of Sydney open day in Sydney, Australia August 25, 2018.Credit: \ STAFF/ REUTERS

Australia's University of Sydney has suspended a controversial senior lecturer after he allegedly showed his students material featuring the Nazi swastika imposed over the flag of Israel.

Tim Anderson, a senior lecturer in the department of political economy and a vehement critic of what he calls the "apartheid" Israeli state, has been accused by the university of serious misconduct.

The publication of the material on his lecture slides, also shared on social media, was "disrespectful and offensive, and contrary to the university's behavioural expectations and requirements for all staff and a breach of his obligations," the university said Wednesday.

The university said Anderson's response and a detailed examination of the social media posts and teaching materials showed he did "not adequately explain or justify the use of that material."

>> Here's what Marc Lamont Hill should have said: Palestinians, like Israelis, deserve to be free from the river to the sea | Opinion

Anderson has been suspended and banned from entering the university or making any contact with staff or students. He has also been given a week to reply as to why his employment should not be terminated. The provost's suspension letter to Anderson has been published by university newspaper Honi Soit.

Anderson, who has been with the university for 20 years, said he will appeal the decision to sack him. He also published on his Facebook the graphic in question, asking to "decide for yourself whether or how this infographic might be 'offensive.'"

He accused his employer of unprincipled political censorship and "ignoring the 'intellectual freedom' rule of the university," claims which the provost has rejected.

Anderson, 65, was convicted and later acquitted on appeal for the 1978 Hilton Hotel bombing in Sydney. He has been criticized for supporting the Assad government in Syria and the North Korean regime.

Click the alert icon to follow topics:



Automatic approval of subscriber comments.

Subscribe today and save 40%

Already signed up? LOG IN


Palestinians search through the rubble of a building in which Khaled Mansour, a top Islamic Jihad militant was killed following an Israeli airstrike in Rafah, southern Gaza strip, on Sunday.

Gazans Are Tired of Pointless Wars and Destruction, and Hamas Listens to Them

Trump and Netanyahu at the White House in Washington, in 2020.

Three Years Later, Israelis Find Out What Trump Really Thought of Netanyahu

German soldier.

The Rival Jewish Spies Who Almost Changed the Course of WWII

Rio. Not all Jewish men wear black hats.

What Does a Jew Look Like? The Brits Don't Seem to Know

Galon. “I’m coming to accomplish a specific mission: to increase Meretz’s strength and ensure that the party will not tread water around the electoral threshold. If Meretz will be large enough, it will be the basis for a Jewish-Arab partnership.” Daniel Tchetchik

'I Have No Illusions About Ending the Occupation, but the Government Needs the Left'

Soldiers using warfare devices made by the Israeli defense electronics company Elbit Systems.

Russia-Ukraine War Catapults Israeli Arms Industry to Global Stage