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Terrorist Groups Support US Campus Protests; Does Anyone Care?

College Avenue campus at Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Photo: TJ DeGroat.

Several days after the beginning of anti-Israel student sit-ins on US campuses, those protests began to garner expressions of support from perpetrators and patrons of terrorism.

On April 23, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) issued a statement condemning “the repressive practices of the administrations of universities in the United States” against “our [sic] students in American universities.”

“We in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, along with all our people, the honorable of our nation and the world, confirm our steadfast support for the struggle of the student and youth movements, Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and the Palestinian Youth Movement (PYM) at universities such as Columbia, Rutgers, Yale, and Stanford, among others. We call for enhancing the unity of students and their struggle to divest American universities from the zionist entity and cut all forms of relations with it.”

On April 24, the protests got the endorsement of Iran’s Supreme Leader:

On April 25, Hamas released a statement:

On April 26, it was the turn of the Houthis:

More insight into Iranian views of the topic was provided on the same day in a TV interview with an Iranian professor:

Tehran University professor Foad Izadi, one of the leading mouthpieces of the Iranian regime, discussed encampments in American college campuses on an April 26, 2024 show on Ofogh TV (Iran). He said that Iranians like what they see on the college campuses, but “it should not end with this.” Izadi continued to say that these students are “our people.” He added that if tensions between America an Iran rise, “these are the people who will have to take to the streets to support of Iran.” Izadi said that Iran could potentially repeat what it did in Lebanon in greater measure, because its “Hizbullah-style” groups in America are “much larger” than in Lebanon.

So how did media organizations, specifically the BBC’s numerous reports on the topic of the sit-ins, cover those endorsements from terrorist organizations and the terror-facilitating Iranian regime?

The answer to that question is that they didn’t. As can be seen below, BBC reports published on the relevant and following days avoided any mention of those expressions of support for the protests that were their subject matter.

Mass arrests made as US campus protests over Gaza spread by James FitzGerald and Bernd Debusmann Jr

Columbia University: Pro-Palestinian protesters refuse to disband by Brandon Drenon

House speaker Mike Johnson heckled by protesters in tense Columbia campus visit by Bernd Debusmann Jr and Mike Wendling

Pelosi urges Gaza campus protesters to target Hamas as well as Israel by Laura Kuenssberg

Major Gaza protests at US universities by Max Matza

What do pro-Palestinian student protesters at US universities want? by Sam Cabral and Ana Faguy

Campus protests: Hundreds arrested at universities across US as Gaza demonstrations continue by Anna Lamche and Ido Vock

Apparently the BBC is of the opinion that expressions of support from designated terrorist organizations (along with the relevant question of related material support) is not a part of the story about US student protests that its audiences need to know.

Hadar Sela is the co-editor of CAMERA UK – an affiliate of the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting and Analysis (CAMERA), where a version of this article first appeared.

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Palestinian Islamic Jihad Releases New Propaganda Video of Israeli Hostage

Israeli hostage Alexander (Sasha) Trufanov as seen in a propaganda video released by Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Photo: Screenshot

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist group on Tuesday released a short propaganda video featuring Israeli hostage Alexander (Sasha) Trufanov, 28, who was kidnapped by Palestinian terrorists during Hamas’ Oct. 7 massacre across southern Israel.

The 30-second undated video shows Trufanov, an Amazon employee, identifying himself and saying that he will soon discuss what has happened to him and other hostages in Gaza.

Similar videos have been released by terrorists groups in Gaza. Israel has lambasted them as psychological warfare.

Trufanov’s mother said in a video released by the family that she was happy to see her son after all this time, but “it was heartbreaking” that he had been a hostage for so long.

Trufanov was an engineer at the Israeli microelectronics company Annapurna Labs, which Amazon owns.

Hamas-led Palestinian terrorists abducted over 250 people during their Oct. 7 onslaught. Trufanov was kidnapped alongside his mother, grandmother, and girlfriend.

All three were released as part of a temporary ceasefire agreement negotiated in November. His father, Vitaly Trufanov, was one of the 1,200 people killed during the Hamas massacre.

“The proof of life from Alexsander (Sasha) Trufanov is additional evidence that the Israeli government must give a significant mandate to the negotiating team,” the Hostages Families Forum, which represents the families of the hostages, said in a statement.

More than 120 hostages remain in Gaza, which is ruled by Hamas. Islamic Jihad is a separate but allied terrorist organization in the Palestinian enclave. Both are backed by Iran, which provides them with money, weapons, and training.

Negotiations brokered by Qatar, Egypt, and the US to reach a ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas in Gaza have been stalled for weeks.

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Gal Gadot’s Action Movie Nabs Second Place on Netflix List of Most Watched Films in Second Half of 2023

Gal Gadot as Rachel Stone in a scene from the trailer for “Heart of Stone.” Photo: YouTube screenshot

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