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Anti-Israel Activity on American College Campuses
Posted: October 15, 2004

Support for Violence


Introduction
Antiwar and Anti-Israel
Divestment
Radical Speakers
Support for Violence
Harassment and Intimidation
Opposing Israel's Security Fence
Acknowledging Bias and Preventing Intimidation
While blatant calls for violence against Jews are not the norm, some college campuses have been subjected to explicit demonstrations of support for Islamic terrorists or for violence against Jews.

  • In June 2004, a radical opinion piece appeared in Alkalima, the University of California, Irvine, Muslim student paper, supporting the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas and calling Israelis "enemies of Allah." The article justified Hamas terrorism, which it said is directed against "the evils of Shaytan (Satan) and the enemies of Allah." The article, written by a fifth year history student, asserted that the "only solution to the Zionist situation is through military force, which is espoused by Hamas, [Hezbollah], Islamic Jihad, and other Islamic resistance organizations."

  • Also in June, an editorial in The Dartmouth exposed anti-Semitic passages found on Al-Nur, the Dartmouth Muslim Student Association Web site. The editorial cited several inflammatory passages from the Al-Nur site, including part of a hadith (a sacred saying of Muhammad) that read: "The Messenger of Allah said, 'The Last Hour will not come until the Muslims fight against the Jews, until a Jew will hide himself behind a stone or a tree, and the stone or the tree will say: 'O Muslim, there is a Jew behind me. Come and kill him.'" After the editorial was published, Al-Nur removed the material and apologized. Al-Nur's president, Dale Corea, argued that the site did not reflect anti-Semitic beliefs. "We don't share those anti-Semitic views at all," Correa said. "They're not our opinions; they're something we put up for research purposes only."

  • In May 2004, students at Georgia State University in Atlanta found Arabic posters on campus calling for "Christians and Muslims to rise up and kill Jews."

  • On April 18, 2004, the group Al-Awda held its annual convention at Hunter College in New York City. Convention attendees marched to the Israeli consulate from Hunter College to protest the killing of Abdel Aziz Rantisi, leader of Hamas. The rally was organized by Al-Awda, New Jersey Solidarity, and the extreme left wing International Action Center. Abbas Hamideh, a coordinator for Al-Awda, told a crowd that Rantisi "was a leader who defended and fought for Palestinian rights." Signs waved by the crowd included "What's next Sharon. Ovens!! [sic]", "Globalize the Intifada," and "All of Israel is 'occupied territory.'" The Neturei Karta was also present. An Al-Awda representative, Rama Kased, later told the Workers World that "Abdel Aziz Rantisi was a son of Palestine, a refugee, and a symbol of resistance against a racist apartheid regime."

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