On October 7, Hamas terrorists invaded Israel, killing 1,200 people, taking more than 240 hostages, and raping and torturing many others.
The next day, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) proclaimed on social media, “It is our moral obligation to be in solidarity with the dispossessed, no matter the pathway to liberation they choose to take. This includes violence.”
Many view this statement as endorsing and justifying both Hamas and the October 7 pogrom.
On October 31, UNC Professor E. Chebrolu read this SJP proclamation to his Rhetoric and Public Issues class and told students: “That’s a true statement. I’m going to be honest. There’s nothing wrong with what SJP said.”
Chebrolu omitted that SJP had deleted the post within days of making it.
On October 26, the US Senate voted unanimously to condemn college antisemitism, specifically mentioning the UNC SJP post. Chebrolu condemned the Senate for this, telling students, “They just don’t want you to think about Palestinian kids and adults as human beings. And instead they want you to think about your fellow students, who care about justice, uh, that they’re a bunch of little Hitlers running around.”
Chebrolu complained that even “Bernie f***ng Sanders” joined this unanimous Senate vote.
Chebrolu added, “The United States government is trying to cover up a genocide and make you all want it, desire it.” Chebrolu told tell the class, “I know Joe Biden does not give a f*** what I say, obviously” and “Gandhi kind of sucks.”
Also on October 31, Chebrolu told students that Israel is “a clearly fascist state committing a genocide under the guise of it supposedly being the only democracy in the Middle East.” He complained about what he perceives as misguided accusations of antisemitism related to Israel, calling it “increasingly just bullshit factory.”
As I recently reported, Chebrolu told students on October 17 that “Israel and the United States do not give a shit about international law or war crimes,” “The attack by Hamas was not senseless, there is context,” and “The majority of Palestinians are children. They are seen as legitimate targets of violence.”
He twice told students that the existence of Israel is “somewhat ridiculous.”
When asked if Hamas had returned the hostages, Chebrolu responded by telling students he believed Israel was looking “to find an excuse” to invade Gaza. Likely realizing he went too far, Chebrolu added, “But it’s not something I should have said just now.”
A widely circulated petition written by “UNC Students, Parents, Alumni, Faculty, Staff, Friends, and Donors” calls on UNC to protect Jewish students and to stop antisemitism on campus. Chebrolu’s class was one of many concerns mentioned in the petition.
On November 14, Chebrolu complained to his class that he was likely included in the petition because “I have a foreign sounding last name.”
Chebrolu told students he was “sad” that “somebody felt the need to record me without my knowledge.” He added, “I don’t really regret doing the lecture stuff … I only regret the fact that I didn’t make you all feel like you could have an honest conversation with me about your disagreements.”
Chebrolu is scheduled to teach two UNC classes in the Spring of 2024.
Peter Reitzes writes about issues related to antisemitism and Israel.
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Protester Sets Self on Fire Outside Israeli Consulate in Atlanta
i24 News – A protester was in critical condition on Friday after setting themself on fire outside the Israeli consulate in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. authorities said. A security guard who tried to intervene was also wounded.
A Palestinian flag found at the scene was part of the protest, Atlanta Police Chief Darin Schierbaum said at a news conference. He added that investigators did not believe there was any connection to terrorism and none of the consular staff was ever in danger.
JUST IN: A pro-Palestine protester is in critical condition after they set themselves on fire in “political protest” outside of the Israeli Consulate office in Atlanta.
The protester was reportedly draped in a Palestine flag.
The protester has severe burns and unfortunately, a… pic.twitter.com/B8nUQAj2nU
— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) December 1, 2023
“We do not see any threat here,” he said. “We believe it was an act of extreme political protest that occurred.” Everyone inside the consulate building was said to be safe.
Anat Sultan-Dadon, Consul General of Israel to the southeastern U.S., said: “We are saddened to learn of the self-immolation at the entrance to the office building. It is tragic to see the hate and incitement toward Israel expressed in such a horrific way.”
“The sanctity of life is our highest value. Our prayers are with the security officer who was injured while trying to prevent this tragic act. We are grateful to the city of Atlanta’s law enforcement and first responders for all they do to ensure safety.”
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Released Israeli Hostages Call for Captives to Be Freed
Israeli hostages released in the past week by Hamas in Gaza called on Saturday for the immediate release of fellow captives left behind, a day after a temporary truce that had allowed scores to come home broke down.
Tens of thousands gathered at a rally in Tel Aviv outside Israel‘s defense headquarters, where they cheered Yelena Trupanov, 50, standing on a stage just two days after being freed.
“I came to thank you because without you I wouldn’t be here. Now we must bring back my (son) Sasha, and everyone. Now.”
Similar pleas from other released hostages were shown on video.
A seven-day truce, during which Hamas had released more than 100 hostages, collapsed on Friday after Hamas breached the ceasefire.
Israel said on Saturday it had recalled a Mossad intelligence agency team from Qatar, host of indirect negotiations with Hamas, accusing the Palestinian faction of reneging on a deal that would have freed all children and women held hostage.
More than 240 people – Israelis and foreign nationals – were abducted to Gaza on Oct 7. by Hamas terrorists who burst through the border with Israel and killed 1,200 people.
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IDF Foils Stabbing Attack Near Nablus in West Bank, Eliminates Terrorist
i24 News – The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) reported thwarting a stabbing attack on Saturday afternoon against reserve Battalion 7037 at the X junction near Nablus in the West Bank.
According to the IDF spokesperson, the event unfolded when the forces at the roadblock became suspicious of an individual approaching the barricade.
During the questioning process, the suspect suddenly drew a knife and advanced towards the IDF personnel.
ניסיון פיגוע דקירה אירע לפני זמן קצר לעבר כוח צה”ל במילואים מגדוד 7037 שפעל בחסם בצומת האיקס סמוך לעיר שכם שבמרחב חטיבת שומרון.
הכוח חשד במחבל שהגיע לחסם והחל לתחקר אותו, המחבל שלף סכין והחל להתקדם לעבר הכוח.
הלוחמים חתרו למגע והגיבו בירי לעבר המחבל שחוסל. אין נפגעים לכוחותינו. pic.twitter.com/mEaJs58hpE
— דובר צה״ל דניאל הגרי – Daniel Hagari (@IDFSpokesperson) December 2, 2023
The soldiers, faced with the threat, engaged in contact procedures and ultimately responded by opening fire on the assailant. The spokesperson confirmed that the attacker was neutralized due to the IDF’s action.
It was also noted that there were no casualties among the IDF forces involved in the incident. According to the spokesperson, the situation at the X junction has stabilized, and IDF continues to maintain vigilance in the area to prevent further attacks.
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