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This Is What Happened at Tulane’s Anti-Israel Encampment

The anti-Israel encampment at Tulane University. Photo: provided.

While colleges generally pride themselves on being included on various lists, Tulane has now joined a list nobody wants to be on: one of the growing list of American universities that has had an anti-Israel encampment on its campus.

On Monday, April 29, a mob of anti-Israel protesters descended on Tulane’s campus, occupying and setting up a tented encampment on the lawn outside Gibson Hall. Tulane’s anti-Israel encampment is part of a nationwide protest movement in which anti-Israel students and outside activists are occupying university property, disrupting the educational process, and threatening and intimidating Jewish and pro-Israel students.

These protesters at Tulane are not peaceful. All night, they spewed antisemitic slogans on megaphones, chided police officers, and tried to instigate fights with Jewish counter-protesters and observers across the street.

They chanted “From the river to the sea,” a slogan deemed antisemitic by the US Congress. They held signs expressing their solidarity with terrorist groups, bearing slogans such as “long live the Palestinian resistance.” One of their encampment tents featured a sign with a red upside down triangle, a dog-whistle symbol that denotes support for Hamas and other Palestinian terrorist groups.

Jewish Tulane students were spat on and threatened in the street. Several members of the anti-Israel mob were arrested for setting up tents and clashing with police, and charged with trespassing and battery on police officers.

Tulane University announced in an email that seven protesters were arrested by Tulane Police officers, and that Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), the group responsible for the protest, has been subsequently suspended from campus. However, the email failed to mention that the mob was still raging and occupying campus, and did not mention any plan to remove them before the situation worsened. In a separate email, Michael Fitts, the president of Tulane, addressed the Tulane community around 3 am on Monday night, condemning the protesters in broad terms, but refusing to comment on if and when they would be removed.

Eventually, in a coordinated effort between Tulane Police, New Orleans police, and Louisiana state troopers, Tulane took down the unlawful encampment early Wednesday morning. Although this may be a short-term solution to the problem, it does not quell the underlying issue on college campuses. The anti-Israel, pro-Hamas movement remains lurking in the crevices of college campuses across the country, and they have shown that they are not afraid to trespass, vandalize, and intimidate Jewish students to achieve their radical agenda.

This was not the first disruptive, hateful anti-Israel protest on Tulane’s campus. On October 26, in the immediate aftermath of the horrifying October 7 Hamas massacre, the same group of protesters descended upon the outskirts of Tulane’s campus in a protest that ended with Jewish students being hospitalized and blood spilled on the street. The clash at the October protest led to several of the anti-Israel protesters being charged with hate crimes for their actions on that day.

Despite knowing this latest protest was coming, Tulane was clearly underprepared, and completely lost control of their campus.

This week’s events should not have come as a surprise. SDS has spent the last few months ratcheting up its rhetoric, and the last several days making clear its plans to copy the encampment movement that is spreading across college campuses. Tulane also knew based on events at other universities that this is not a peaceful movement.

At the University of Florida, protesters were arrested for battery of police officers. At George Washington University, protesters smashed through police barriers and clashed with officers. At UCLA, anti-Israel protesters at an encampment linked arms to prevent Jewish students from freely entering their own campus. Pro-Hamas protesters at Columbia University used hammers to bash in the windows of a university building, entering and occupying the site and even holding a facilities worker hostage before later releasing him. 

These violent, pro-terror protests and encampments signal a turning point in America. Leftist and anti-Israel groups are no longer willing to engage in discourse or discussion with people who think differently from them. They have turned to violence and instigation. Universities have succumbed to the mobs occupying their campuses, and have refused to enforce their own rules on trespassing, illegal protests, and protecting Jewish students.

I call on Tulane University and all other universities faced with anti-Israel agitators to act swiftly to remove these agitators and not to allow mob rule to reign. The eyes of all Jewish students in America are on you.

Nathaniel Miller is a Tulane University student, where he is the president of the Tulane Israel Public Affairs Committee, and is a CAMERA fellow.

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University of Toronto seeks injunction to end protest encampment over ‘harmful, discriminatory’ speech outlined in court filing

The University of Toronto is now seeking a court injunction to put and end to the encampment in King’s College Circle after the 8 a.m. deadline passed Monday morning—while unionized workers joined students, faculty and other protesters at a rainy morning rally. Shortly after the ultimatum hour, the university announced in a statement from UofT […]

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Monday morning saw the Toronto community and politicians showing support for the Chabad girls’ school struck by weekend gunfire

Mayor Olivia Chow was among those who addressed the crowd.

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‘A Call for Genocide’: South African Jews Blast Country’s President for Chanting ‘From the River to the Sea’

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa in Chatsworth, South Africa, May 18, 2024. Photo: REUTERS/Rogan Ward

South African Jewish leaders castigated their country’s president, Cyril Ramaphosa, for what they described as him calling for a “genocide” against Jews in Israel over the weekend.

Ramaphosa was speaking at an election rally in Johannesburg on Saturday when he deviated from his prepared speech to lead the crowd in in a chant of “From the River to the Sea, Palestine shall be free” — a popular slogan among anti-Israel activists that has been widely interpreted as a call for the destruction of the Jewish state, which is located between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea.

The address took place at FNB Stadium, where South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) held its final rally before South African elections on Wednesday. According to Politicsweb, a news website focused on South Africa, a call for the release of the “hostages held in Gaza” who Hamas terrorists kidnapped from southern Israel on Oct. 7 appeared in Ramaphosa’s prepared remarks but not in his final speech.

The South African Jewish community lambasted Ramaphosa for his remarks in a statement shared with The Algemeiner, expressing “its revulsion at the introduction of a call to exterminate Jews from their homeland” by the president.

“The president of the ruling ANC party and the head of state of a democratic country has called for the elimination of the only Jewish state in the culmination of the ANC president’s election speech made to thousands of ANC members and on national television,” said Wendy Kahn, national director of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD). “He uses the populist slogan ‘From the river to the sea, Palestine will be Free,’ which is widely regarded as a call to genocide of the Jewish people. The call to remove all Jews from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea equates to removing all Jews from Israel.”

Kahn compared the slogan with Hamas’ goal to “see Israel as ‘Judenfrei,’ or Jew free,” before noting that such an endpoint contradicts the South African government’s stated policy of supporting a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“The chanting of this slogan by a head of state of a government that recurrently tries to express their commitment to a ‘two-state Solution’ as their policy on Israel and Palestine is hypocritical to the full,” the SAJBD said. “How does a sitting president reject his own government and own party’s international relations policy? This reconfirms our understanding that President Ramaphosa and his government are not looking for a peaceful solution to the tragic conflict, but rather to cause discord among fellow South Africans against its Jewish community.”

Kahn added, “The president’s contempt for South African Jewry is evident in this unscripted outburst at the rally which amounts to nothing more than Jew hatred. The SAJBD is reviewing its options for holding the president accountable for these hateful words.”

South Africa’s ANC government has been one of the harshest critics of Israel since Oct. 7, when Hamas terrorists launched the ongoing war in Gaza with their invasion of and massacre across southern Israeli communities.

South Africa temporarily withdrew its diplomats from Israel and shuttered its embassy in Tel Aviv shortly after the Oct. 7 Hamas pogrom, saying that the Pretoria government was “extremely concerned at the continued killing of children and innocent civilians” in Gaza.

In December, South Africa hosted two Hamas officials who attended a government-sponsored conference in solidarity with the Palestinians. One of the officials had been sanctioned by the US government for his role with the terrorist organization.

Earlier this month, members of South Africa’s Jewish community protested Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor’s recent call for students and university leaders to intensify the anti-Israel demonstrations that have engulfed college campuses across the US.

In January, the South African government failed in its bid to argue before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) that Israel’s defensive war in Gaza constituted a “genocide.” However, the top UN court last week ordered Israel to halt its military operations against the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas in the southern Gaza city of Rafah. The emergency ruling was part of South Africa’s ongoing case at the ICJ.

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