The student terrorist group “Bears for Palestine” caused a near riot at UC Berkeley, in response to a resolution condemning anti-Semitism. Anti-Semitism continues to be a major problem on American college campuses, despite President Trump’s remarkable efforts to protect Jewish students. Attorney General Barr and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos must take immediate action against the various pro-Palestinian terrorist groups, who are destroying Jewish life on college campuses. It is just a matter of time before a Jewish student is killed on campus.
— Caroline Glick (@CarolineGlick) February 5, 2020
UC Berkeley Jewish students threatened with violence at student government meeting
— Adam Milstein (@AdamMilstein) February 5, 2020
Pro-Israel, Pro-Palestinian groups clash at UC Berkeley student union meeting
By The Jewish News of Northern California, February 2, 2020:
A meeting of the UC Berkeley student union deteriorated into shouting and threats this week as pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian advocates clashed over a controversial display that pro-Israel students said “glorif[ies] terrorists.”
An estimated 200 people crowded the main chambers of the Associated Students of the University of California for a committee meeting on Feb. 3 that had to be moved from a smaller room after more than 110 people signed up to deliver public comments, said junior Shelby Weiss, a Hillel member and ASUC senator.
At the center of the controversy is a display put up by the group Bears for Palestine, a campus affinity group that seeks to raise awareness of the Palestinian experience and culture.
The display is inside a room designated for student groups in Eshleman Hall, the building where the ASUC student union meets. The Bears for Palestine cubicle is decorated with a string of Palestinian flags, heart cutouts, a green olive and the letters “BFP” in red cellophane, and a row of photos and short biographies of female Palestinian leaders, including militants who targeted Israeli and diaspora Jewish civilians.
They include Rasmea Odeh, a former member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, who was alleged to have participated in a 1969 supermarket bombing in Jerusalem that killed two college students, and Leila Khaled, who attempted a number of plane hijackings. including an El Al flight in 1970 that injured a flight attendant.
The biography underneath Khaled’s photo, which shows her holding an AK-47, describes her as “the first Palestinian woman to hijack a plane.”
Milton Zerman, an ASUC senator and member of Tikvah: Students for Israel, introduced a resolution to the senate condemning the display and asking that it be removed or altered.
“The glorification of murderers and attempted murderers merely because their targets were Israeli citizens can be seen as both insulting and threatening to Jewish and Israeli students at UC Berkeley,” the resolution says.
Conflicts between pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian students are nothing new at Cal, but the confrontation over Zerman’s resolution, which must pass the six-member University and External Affairs Committee if it is to move on to the full student senate, raised the pitch of the debate.
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