Students at Brooklyn College (BC) chanted, “Intifada, intifada! Free free Palestine! Long live Palestine! Long live the intifada!” at a vigil for the victims of the Christchurch massacre hosted by the Brooklyn College Socialists.
This vigil came two days after another vigil for the tragedy at Christchurch. The first vigil was attended by the president of Brooklyn College, President Anderson, a Rabbi, and an Imam. According to the BC school paper, The Excelsior, the first vigil universally condemned white supremacy and all forms of intolerance. The second vigil hosted by BC Socialists devolved into “anti-Jewish and anti-Israel hate,” according to Israel Unwired.
The term “intifada” is often associated with the two violent uprisings against Israel by Palestinians which took place from 1987 to 1993 and 2000 to 2005 and included dozens of terrorist attacks.
Some students reacted to the chant as a call for the killing of Jews because the intifadas against Israel resulted in Israeli soldiers and citizens being murdered. College President Michelle Anderson responded to the incident by making a statement on Facebook. She did not condemn the chants for intifada but did condemn generalized violence. President Anderson’s statement read in part:
“I object to any conflation of the massacre in New Zealand with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Any call for violence against Jews, or against any people, is unacceptable in civil discourse and wrong.”
The response by BC Socialists has been met with criticism, especially in light of other allegedly anti-Semitic campus activity. A Jewish news source, The Algemeiner, reported that the BC student union is set to hold an event to commemorate “Israeli Apartheid Week” on Thursday March 28.
Brooklyn College Socialists responded by quoting Wikipedia and stating, “[T]he word [intifada] refers to attempts to shake off the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip in the First and Second Intifadas, where it was originally chosen to connote.” They assert that the term does not have a violent connotation despite what the First and Second Intifadas entailed.
Hannah Grossman, a Jewish student at Brooklyn College, told Lone Conservative, “I’m aware that [anti-Semitism] is on the rise and I have witnessed it happen in New York for many many years. When I see those who standby and do nothing for the Jews during this peak in anti-Semitism as well as those who display anti-Semitic conduct, I become so grateful that the Jewish people have Israel. So, in fact, I thank these people for strengthening my fight and my faith.”
You can see footage of the incident obtained by blogger Elder of Ziyon here.
Lone Conservative has reached out to BC Socialists and is awaiting comment.
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