The Real Rukshan
The Australian Jewish community and their supporters gathered in Melbourne on Monday night to raise awareness of the ongoing trauma from sexual violence and rape suffered by Jewish women in Israel during the October 7th terrorist attack by Hamas. The vigil, which was largely attended by women, included many signs saying #noexcuse, #MeTooUnlessUrAJew and #webelievethem to highlight the silence from feminists and women's organisations who either deny or downplay the sexual violence and rape suffered by women on October 7th.
Pro-Palestine and Pro-Israel Rallies on the streets of Brisbane, Queensland. I continue my attempt to present both sides of this conflict through their own words, but as you will see, it's not easy sometimes to speak freely to some of the communities.
A unique look behind the scenes into the difficulty I face covering these types of issues, especially with the control far-left groups like Antifa and the Socialist Alliance are currently exerting over Pro-Palestine events.
In stark contrast, all types of media were present without any issues from police or rally attendees at the Pro-Israel events—freely mingling about and talking to people. I've experienced this in Melbourne, and now in Brisbane.
Unprecedented scenes unfolded in Caulfield overnight as a pro-Palestinian protest, initially organised to show support for a Palestinian-owned burger restaurant that had recently burned down, escalated into tense clashes with the local Jewish-Israeli community.
Victoria Police have labeled the fire that destroyed the restaurant owned by a Palestinian businessman as suspicious. However, they clarified in a statement that, at present, there is no evidence of political or religious motivations.
From my observations, the protest received significant promotion from left-wing activist groups, despite the restaurant owner's earlier call for its cancellation. This led to the assembly of protest groups at a nearby park, adjacent to a synagogue, resulting in a standoff between the two communities that endured for several hours.
I interviewed members of the public from both sides and provided a comprehensive overview of some of the major incidents from the protest's initiation to its conclusion.
Viewer discretion is advised, as some scenes and language may be distressing.
I attended the Bring Them Home Now Vigil in Victoria to listen to the Jewish community in attendance. Here’s some of what they had to say.
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I attended the Free Palestine Rally in Victoria to listen to the Palestinian community. Here's some of what they had to say.
Tonight on The Opposition podcast, episode 17 hosted by Rebel News Australia's Avi Yemini and independent journalist Rukshan Fernando.
In a special broadcast, Avi joins the podcast live from Israel where he is reporting from the front lines of the conflict between Israeli forces and Hamas terrorists after the shocking events of the last week.
Avi describes what life looks like for locals as they find themselves caught up in a historic battle which is showing no signs of stopping with tensions sky high in the Middle East.
Rukshan confronts Avi with some of the common criticisms levelled against himself and Israel as a cross-section of Australians choose to stand with Palestine despite the nation's overall support for its ally Israel.
The very serious conflict in Israel and Gaza, has also spilled out into the streets of the West as an ideological battle for support, with many communities asking for fellow citizens to take sides as a show of solidarity.
In my opinion, as Australians, our loyalty should always be to our country first. We should not betray the benefits of the peace we enjoy as Australians to forgo our values and national interest to side with views and ideas that are not welcomed in our country.
Although it can be complex living in a diverse, multi cultural/faith nation during times of conflict, we already have a set of moral and ethical principles to guide us when navigating such challenges. Even though our country may at times fall short of its aspirations, there is no denying that many people who have sought refuge from war and atrocity find themselves living in countries like Australia.
There is a reason for that, and it should be appreciated and respected at times like this.
Tonight on The Opposition podcast, episode 16 hosted by Rebel News Australia's Avi Yemini and independent journalist Rukshan Fernando.
Former United Australia Party MP Craig Kelly joins the podcast to give his two cents on the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) which has found itself at the centre of controversy as the Voice to Parliament referendum battle gets heated with the Yes23 campaign deploying deceptive tactics to try and pull off an unlikely victory.
Kelly, who has previously been raked over the coals by the AEC, unloads on the authority, which now seems docile and toothless in reprimanding the other side of the political aisle, leading to widespread outrage from more conservative voters and continued accusations of political bias playing a leading role in the referendum.
The group discuss the constant stream of controversies the AEC has had to run damage control over as the Yes23 campaign tries its best to win back public support while the majority of Aussies question the motivations behind the push for constitutional change.
The AEC recently replied to a post on X, stating, "If someone votes at two different polling places within their electorate and places their formal vote in the ballot box at each polling place, their vote is counted."
"We cannot remove the vote from the count because, due to the secrecy of the ballot, we have no way of knowing which ballot paper belongs to which person. However, the number of double votes received is incredibly low, and usually related to mental health or age."
This response came in reaction to a post by a Labor MP who "mistakenly" used #voteoften in a post on X encouraging people to vote Yes.
Consequently, this has sparked a considerable amount of online discussion and raised concerns about the entire electoral process. However, is this simply another instance of the AEC being ineffective and inconsistent in their communication on online platforms?
Should they even maintain a presence on social media if they cannot provide clear communication and ensure the removal of personal/political bias from their employees who are replying to posts?
For extra context on the multiple voting the AEC has also said that "The instances of multiple marks have never been of a significant volume and never more than the margin in an election. We have electronic certified lists across all pre-polls and continuing to many on-the-day polling places with real-time mark-off of the roll."
Why did the Yes23 campaign intentionally design their signs for placement outside voting centers using almost the same colors and branding as the AEC?
The Australian Electoral Commission didn't appear particularly interested in addressing the concerns raised by early voters regarding the Yes23 campaign signs matching the AEC's brand colors on X. It was only after these posts were widely shared, and some members of the public began to point out the AEC's own materials and warnings regarding the use of similar branding, that they issued a statement saying they had contacted the Yes23 campaign to rectify the misleading material.
Some people have expressed the opinion that the AEC's commitment to ensuring integrity appears to be one-sided and potentially clouded by political bias.
Tonight on The Opposition podcast, another special episode hosted by Rebel News Australia's Avi Yemini and independent journalist Rukshan Fernando.
Malaysian-born Australian singer Kamahl has been a long-time icon of Australian entertainment, making his name in the 1960s and remaining on TV screens into the new millennium.
Kamahl has recently found himself in the spotlight again, this time over his personal political opinions. First he went viral on social media for supporting the 'No' campaign in the upcoming Voice to Parliament referendum before switching his support to the 'Yes' vote after meeting comedian Dane Simpson and constitutional lawyer Eddie Synot.
But in a stunning move, he flipped his vote back to 'No' during a segment on The Project, leaving the left-wing hosts stunned.
In this episode, Kamahl shares his thoughts on politics and life in a live uncensored and in-depth conversation free of mainstream media censorship.
Kamahl-mentum is not looking good for the Yes campaign and Albanese. I take a detailed look at how ridiculous the Yes campaign's obsession with celebrity endorsements is.
Tonight in a special episode of The Opposition podcast Rebel News Australia's Avi Yemini and independent journalist Rukshan Fernando, are joined by former AFL star and opinionated commentator Sam Newman who has once again caught the ire of the mainstream establishment over his views on the trend of Welcome to Country ceremonies.
Sam has doubled down on comments he made on his You Cannot Be Serious podcast where the footy great suggested that Aussies should boo or 'slow hand clap' during the Welcome to Country, particularly at the upcoming AFL Grand Final.
After his comments ruffled the feathers of the mainstream media establishment, Sam doubled down today, saying that Aussies have 'had a gutful' of the woke generation telling people how to live their lives.
Has he hit the nail on the head? Avi and Rukshan sit down with Sam to discuss the issue in full and uncensored detail as well as looking at the current state of Australia, live from Dan Andrews' Victoria.
Anthony Albanese's Voice Referendum is already highly divisive, and we have already witnessed instances of individuals from both sides engaging in behavior that should be condemned. However, the latest escalation involves organized groups of Yes supporters attending peaceful events organized by the No campaign to protest their gatherings.
In stark contrast, the Yes side was able to conduct multiple peaceful walks across the country without encountering any interference from groups of No supporters, allowing them to freely gather and convey their message.
In my opinion, with polls indicating a continuing decline in support for the Yes vote in this month's upcoming referendum, extreme Yes supporters are engaging in what can only be characterized as a coordinated political intimidation campaign against No supporters during peaceful political gatherings.
Magda has asked for information on No voters spreading "misinformation" to be compiled and submitted to be used at a later date (presumably kept on a list). What exactly does she have in mind?
In this episode of The Opposition Podcast Rebel News Australia's Avi Yemini and independent journalist Rukshan Fernando, are joined by SESH a content creator from New Zealand who has become extremely popular since the country was locked down by former Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
SESH joins Rukshan, Senator Babet and Rebel cameraman Benji in the studio while Avi calls in from Israel, where he is promoting his best-selling book A Rebel From The Start.
The group discuss SESH's viral videos and he shares his thoughts and views on the current political state of New Zealand and the world.
Although SESH's content can sometimes be considered edgy, he says his goal is to make fun of all of the "plot holes" in today's society and to be voice for the voiceless.
ABC have confirmed that it breached its own policies when the government funded media organisation provided archival footage to the "Yes" Campaign for their recent referendum commercial.
"This was done in error as it does not meet our policy on the use of ABC archival footage and is regrettable,” an ABC spokesperson said to The Guardian newspaper.
However the ABC policies around this matter clearly states that "political advertising or political messaging will be requested to immediately remove the ABC material, including from social networks or websites."
Why is the ABC now trying to brush this story aside as if it was just an innocent mistake, and not following through on its strict policies?