Protesters disrupt an event held by Students Supporting Israel at the University of California, Los Angeles on May 17, 2018. Photo: Screenshot.
Pro-Israel students at the University of California, Los Angeles who called for the suspension of an anti-Zionist group that disrupted their event will meet with administrators on Wednesday.
Students Supporting Israel at UCLA (SSI) issued a list of demands this week after their panel on the Middle East’s indigenous communities — featuring Kurdish, Armenian, and Jewish speakers — was interrupted by members of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and the off-campus Revolutionary Communist Party on Thursday.
The protesters tore down Armenian and Israeli flags, threw SSI materials onto the ground, played loud music, and used bullhorns to chant, “we want 48, we don’t want two states,” and “from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free,” according to video footage. While the group was eventually removed from the room by campus police, they “continued to shout obscenities and bang on the door of the classroom as a means of physically intimidating students,” SSI said in a statement released following the event.
The student club said the protesters engaged in “violent and traumatizing” behavior, and rejected offers “to sit down
The University of Oregon’s student senate passed a resolution on Wednesday endorsing the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaign against…
SJP did not immediately respond to a request for comment. A member of the group told the student-run Daily Bruin that the protesters wanted to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the “Nakba” — an Arabic word for “catastrophe” that refers to the displacement of Palestinians during Israel’s 1948 War of Independence — and objected to the event because it did not include Palestinian speakers.
“They say it is for indigenous people, but Palestinians are indigenous and have a right to their land,” Burkan Aranki said.
The incident drew criticism from Rabbi Aaron Lerner, executive director of UCLA’s Hillel chapter, who said on Friday that “intimidation, marginalization, vandalism, emotional and physical attacks, disregard for First Amendment rights, as well as non-compliance with police officers is absolutely unacceptable and a clear violation of True Bruin Values and the student code of conduct.”
Lerner also urged the administration to investigate Thursday’s events. A spokesperson for the university said on Tuesday that it is “carefully reviewing the incident to determine precisely what happened, who among the protestors are affiliated with UCLA, and how to appropriately respond.”
“This incident left many students feeling silenced and intimidated, and it dishonored UCLA’s commitment to the free and robust exchange of ideas,” the spokesperson added.
A petition launched in response to the disruption, which warned that pro-Israel and minority students at UCLA “are continually under attack,” gathered more than 1,500 signatures as of Wednesday.
While SSI said it was not affiliated with the initiative, it separately presented the administration with a list of actions that can secure justice for the pro-Israel community, submitted along with the groups Bruins for Israel and the Bruins for Israel Public Affairs Committee (BIPAC).
The students will meet on Wednesday with administrators to explain their demands, which include penalizing SJP and the students responsible for the violations, “as turning a blind eye to such disruptive behavior will signal to SJP that bullying can continue on campus without any consequences.”
They also called on SJP to apologize to their speakers and group “for their brutal and non-academic behavior.”
The UCLA chapter of Alums for Campus Fairness (ACF), which is dedicated to fighting antisemitism and anti-Zionism on campus, also shared a list of demands with the administration on Tuesday. They called for the school to publicly express regret to SSI and the school’s Jewish community, and commit to protecting all Zionist student organizations, ACF wrote in a letter to UCLA Chancellor Gene Block.
The group, which claims more than 700 members, also criticized public safety officers for waiting nearly seven minutes until they asked the protesters to leave.
“And when they did react, they clearly had no idea of what was happening on either side,” AFC wrote, before requesting increased training for campus police.
The group further called on the administration to follow university guidelines to condemn the actions of the protesters or seek their “suspension/expulsion,” while pursuing legal actions against any non-students involved.
“The end goal,” AFC wrote, “is to decriminalize the victims and publicly tell the University’s population that Jewish Students, regardless of politics, are in fact ‘welcome’ on campus, despite chants to the contrary by protestors.”
Netanyahu’s support for the settlement enterprise, is believed to have been reigned by former democratic US president Barack Obama who was in office from January 2009 to January 2017.
A man photographs a woman as she stands next to a mural depicting U.S. President Donald Trump and Is
Spending on West Bank settlements spiked by 39% in 2017, the first year US President Donald Trump was in office, the left-wing group Peace Now reported on Tuesday.
Weekend work permits for Eurovision complicate Netanyahu’s coalition bargaining with ultra-Orthodox parties
Israeli singer and past Eurovision winner Dana International at the Orange Carpet event in Tel Aviv, May 13, 2019.
Israeli singer and past Eurovision winner Dana International at the Orange Carpet event in Tel Aviv, May 13, 2019.Tomer Appelbaum
Seeking to quell ultra-Orthodox anger over holding the Eurovision Song Contest’s final in Tel Aviv on Saturday, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday it was an “individual international event” not sponsored by the state, and that the government doesn’t want to violate the Sabbath.
French Holocaust denier Alain Soral. Photo: Egalite et Réconciliation.
The mayor of one of southern France’s most picturesque towns expressed fury on Tuesday after learning that a group of right-wing activists and conspiracy theorists — including convicted Holocaust denier Alain Soral — were planning to hold a “summer school” there at the end of August.
“I say it clearly, Soral is not welcome here,” Alexandre Reynal — mayor of the town of Amelie-les-Bain in the spectacular Pyrénées-Orientales region — told a local news outlet on Tuesday.
I urge all visitors to join me in a conspiracy to violate the UN Security Council Resolution…Obama, himself, engineered the Resolution. He pushed it through the Security Council despite some reservations by other members, including Egypt, which believed that the Resolution itself could become a barrier to a negotiated two-state solution. After all, if Israel’s control over Judaism’s holiest site is deemed illegal, then Israel would have to negotiate its legality with the Palestinians.
The ruling Law and Justice Party views Poland as a victim of World War II, and that therefore Poland should not be required to pay damages to other victims.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki reacts after receiving his nomination during a government s
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki reacts after receiving his nomination during a government swearing-in ceremony in Warsaw, Poland, December 11, 2017..
Only three-quarters of a century after Der Stürmer incentivized the mass murder of Jews by dehumanizing them, we see a revival of such bigoted caricatures.
I do not believe in free speech for me, but not for thee. But I do believe in condemning those who hide behind the First Amendment to express anti-Semitic, anti-Muslim, homophobic, sexist or racist views.
One of the most influential newspapers in the world, the Jewish-owned New York Times decided to present the Jews with a gift in honor of the last day of Passover – a major Jewish holiday – an antisemitic caricature. The controversial cartoon shows US President Donald Trump as a blind man with a skullcap on his head, being led by a dog that looks like Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. And to make sure the reader knows it is indeed the Israeli premier, the dog has a Star of David dangling from its collar.
Last week, Jared Kushner, one of the administration’s point men on the Middle East, dispensed with the term “two-state solution” in its impending peace plan for Israel and the Palestinians. “The two-state solution has failed,” he said.
The “two-state solution” does not appear in the 1993 Oslo Accords, which called only for “interim self-government” for the Palestinians. The goal was a negotiated final status agreement, in which independence was not specified.
Religious fervor always picks up before the Jewish holidays. Not surprisingly, Israeli undercover police arrested Jewish activists from the Hozrim L’Har (Returning to the Mount) organization early Friday afternoon, just before the onset of the Passover holiday, after an apparent attempt to bring a young goat on to the Temple Mount for a self-proclaimed sacrificial rite. Indeed, this drama plays itself out every year, but according to Jerusalem police, this year a record of at least twelve members of the organization were arrested throughout the course of the day on counts of disturbing the peace.
Every year when Passover eve arrives, I do my best not to think about that night; to allow the joy of cherished rituals meant to renew our family’s tribal history and faith envelop us in its warm glow as whoever among the kids and grandkids it’s our turn to host partake of the matzoh, bitter herbs, and wine. Often – actually most often – I succeed.