‘Peaceful pro-Israel’ protester ‘targeted’ by police during pro-Palestinian rally

Sky News host Rita Panahi says “peaceful pro-Israel protester” Adam Kahlberg was “targeted” by police during a pro-Palestinian rally.

Ms Panahi said Mr Kahlberg, along with three of his friends, went to the Victorian School Strike for Palestine, where “hundreds of Victorian students skipped classes to join a bunch of activists in an anti-Israel demonstration in the Melbourne CBD”.

“Students taking part in the school strike gathered on the steps of Flinders Street station … where they were chanting things like ‘From the river to the sea Palestine would be free’,” she said.

“Victoria Police seemed entirely comfortable with the sort of anti-Semitic slurs and intimidation.

“What sparked them into action … was a peaceful pro-Israel protester, Adam Kahlberg, and three of his friends were at the protest to counter the anti-Israeli sentiment.

“But after being accosted by pro-Palestinian protesters at various points, he was then targeted by police who accused him of breaching the peace.”

Ms Panahi was joined by Adam Kahlberg to discuss the protest.