Tuesday, May 14, 2002
EXPATPUNDIT IN CANADA = INANE, INAPT -- ADD TAX CUP!
JUSTIN RAIMONDO IS "ANTIWAR" = DISTORTION MANIA RUINS JAW
San Francisco State University is vowing to prosecute a "small band of bigots" who turned competing rallies last week between pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian groups into an ugly clash of words and actions. Palestinian supporters reportedly shouted "Hitler should have finished the job" and "Get out or we will kill you," while pro-Israel protesters reportedly called their counterparts "camel jockeys" and "sand niggers."
Accounts of what actually happened on the San Francisco State campus last Tuesday differ sharply. But the university's president, Robert A. Corrigan, said in a statement Monday, "In my 14 years as president of this university, I have never been as deeply distressed and angered."
"Strong -- even provocative -- speech is not the problem, nor are strongly held opinions on highly charged topics. Rather, it was the lack of civility and decency" from "a small but terribly destructive number of pro-Palestinian demonstrators" who became "threatening in gesture and hostile in language," he said.
Based on accounts of various participants, some 450 students and local residents gathered on the campus at a rally in support of Israel, which began with a Holocaust survivor defending recent Israeli military actions as a fight against terrorism. Among other speakers, a Russian immigrant lauded religious freedom and tolerance in the United States. He was reportedly countered by some 100 supporters of Palestinian statehood who yelled, "Go back to Russia, Jew."
According to a number of firsthand reports, the pro-Palestinian supporters also drowned out the pro-Israel rally with bullhorns and whistles. From behind metal barricades, per university rules, they toted signs reading, among other things, "End the occupation now" and "Israel is a racist state."
At the rally's end, Palestinian protesters crossed the barriers and began mingling with the supporters of Israel. One pro-Palestinian protester tore down an Israeli flag and stomped on it. A shoving match ensued in a corner of the plaza, during which some members of the pro-Palestinian crowd allegedly yelled such phrases as "Jews off campus," "Death to Jews," "Get out or we will kill you," and "Hitler should have finished the job." A ring of campus and city police officers served as a buffer between the crowds.
Of course, this description was a purely fictional creation of the Zionist-controlled media:
Leila Qutami, a San Francisco State sophomore and a member of the General Union of Palestinian Students who attended the rally, called the accusations of the slurs invoking Hitler "lies."
Hey! I think Leila has a future as a spokesperson for the PA!
She said that her group had planned a silent exhibition that included a mock refugee camp, a mock Israeli checkpoint, and images from Jenin, a refugee camp recently attacked by Israeli tanks. The presence of barricades provoked the Palestinian supporters, Ms. Qutami said, as did what she says were "racist" epithets aimed at the defenders of Palestinian statehood by supporters of Israel.
Ms. Qutami, who said she had videotaped the events, said supporters of Israel had called the pro-Palestinian protesters "sand niggers" and "camel jockeys" before the rally even started. She also said the pro-Israel protesters photographed supporters of Palestinian statehood and told them, "We're sending these photos back to the Israeli government and you're never going to get back to your homeland."
"This was not a peace rally," added Ms. Qutami. "It was a pro-Israel rally. And, to a Palestinian, that means being in support of the displacement of Palestinians. What [the supporters of Israel are] trying to do is paint us as anti-Semitic, which couldn't be farther from the truth. We are Semitic. Being anti-Israel and anti-Semitic are two totally different things. They're feeding off of the emotion of the American people by saying anything that's against Israel is anti-Semitism. They're the ones being racist."
"Death to Jews;" "Hitler should have finished the job;" "Jews off campus;" "We're anti-Israel, not anti-Semitic." Which one of these slogans doesn't belong?
I have a severe headache now.
THE ASPARAGIRL, NEW YORK, AND SCOTT GANZ, CA, U.S. =
DARLING, GAZE ACROSS TH' COUNTRY -- WANTA SPEAK?