A pro-Brisbane barrister who is in the middle of a trial for alleged anti-Semitic abuse is facing a backlash for using the word ‘BDS’.
A Queensland barrister, Michael Paine, has been accused of anti-Semitism after a video was posted to YouTube showing him yelling at a woman for wearing a Palestinian headscarf.
In the video, which was taken at the Queensland Bar Association’s annual dinner on Friday, Mr Paine said she should not wear the headscarves because they were “Jewish”.
“You should be ashamed of yourself,” he said.
“The headscarfs you wear are Jewish.
You’re wearing the headdress of a country which murdered a million Jews and raped a billion people.”
You’re going to get sh*t done to you, you’re going be a victim.
“A few minutes later, he then told a woman who had asked about her headscarved appearance, “You’re a disgrace, you are an anti-Semite”.
The woman, in a video posted to Facebook, said she was not offended.
The incident, which has sparked a backlash, has sparked the latest controversy in a series of anti, pro and Zionist news stories.
On Thursday, the Queensland Rugby League Board apologised for using anti-Israel imagery on their Facebook page.
A number of rugby league players also posted messages on social media defending the use of the word “BDS”.
It is unclear how many other players, including the Rugby League Queensland CEO, Mark Wahlberg, also used the word.
The Queensland Rugby Board also apologised for a tweet that said “Bees are Jews”.
Mr Paine has been charged with three counts of harassment under the Racial Discrimination Act.
Police have asked anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.