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Some language used at protest camps at universities is antisemitic, the foreign minister says, and she doesn’t back the chant “from the river to the sea”.

Students have started camping on the lawns of campuses across Australia to protest against Israel’s invasion of Gaza, where the death toll has soared to more than 34,500 people, according to local health officials.

Foreign Minister Penny Wong says.

Foreign Minister Penny Wong says.Credit: Alex Ellinghausen

Penny Wong told ABC Radio National this morning she was asked about the chant “from the river to the sea”, which the prime minister said he had an issue with.

“I’ve always believed that what that [chant] says is contrary to a two-state solution,” Wong said on RN Breakfast.

“In whatever context in which it’s been used and has been used by both sides of the argument, what it expresses is a view that is not consistent with a two-state solution. I support a two-state solution.”

She was also asked whether she believed some of the language used on campus protests was antisemitic.

“Yes, I do.”

The foreign minister said universities had to ensure they’re safe spaces for all students.

“We do have a right to peaceful protest in this country, and people are entitled to protest in support of their views in a democracy,” she said.

But she said there seemed to be a lack of social cohesion in Australia.

“We seem to be losing the capacity in this country to disagree without diminishing the other. And that is a bad thing for our democracy.”



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