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Jew Hatred on Campus
By Micah Halpern
The student union at the University of Adelaide fired an editor of its campus student magazine after the editor called for “death to Israel” in an article last month. Following the firing, the editor doubled down and continued to call for the death of Israel in public forums.
In a statement, the board of YouX, the university’s student body, indicated that Habibah Jaghoori’s “recent public conduct would reasonably be perceived by any fair-minded person to be threatening the welfare of students at our University”.
In an article that was published on August 4th in On Dit, the campus student magazine, Jaghoori, concluded with the phrase “Death to Israel.” The article was written following the three-day conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip.
According to the YouX statement, it was not the article that prompted the firing of Jaghoori. Rather, her removal was “specifically related to her conduct and behavior since the article’s publication”.
The statement of the student board continued: “Despite numerous opportunities to clarify her position and dispel any misinterpretation, she has continued to use language in public forums that can be clearly construed to support actions that could threaten the welfare of students.”
It was not clear what public forums YouX was referring to, but the pro-Israel blogger Israelly Cool posted a video of a student union meeting at which Jaghoori repeatedly said “death to Israel” and, when challenged by Jewish students who said they found it threatening, she giggled.
The Australian Union of Jewish Students praised the decision. Their statement read: “Calling for violence and death rather than peace, dialogue and constructive criticism of Israel, rightly has no place on university campus.”
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30 September 2022 12:25 PM in Thoughts
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