The former Israeli Foreign Minister, Moshe Dayan, arrived in Australia on Sunday (25 July) amid one of the most elaborate security operations ever seen in the country.
The former Israeli Foreign Minister, Moshe Dayan, arrived in Australia on Sunday (25 July) amid one of the most elaborate security operations ever seen in the country. He was also met by noisy demonstrations when he arrived in Sydney to give a lecture.
SYNOPSIS: The demonstration was organised by an Australian group called the "Friends of Palestine". An estimated 1,500 people were confronted by about 200 police outside Sydney Town Hall, where General Dayan was due to speak. Police searched the surrounding of the building and combed a rubble-strewn site nearby before the General arrived. The invitation to the former Israeli Defence Minster came form the Zionist Federation of Australia and a Melbourne management company. But his lecture tour has incensed Australia's Arab community and they came out on the streets of Sydney to make their feelings known.
When General Dayan arrived at the town hall he was flanked by police and security men. On the same day he arrived, all airports throughout Australia were put on a maximum alert after a report that a gang of six Arab guerrillas were in the country. The report was followed by another that the gang might be out to attack General Dayan. But the demonstrations outside the gown hall only led to one arrest. The man, Ross May, is better known in Australia as the "skull" and is an official of the Anzi party. He was charged with behaving in an offensive manner.