A student group at Tufts University is facing backlash after a statement in which they praised the ‘creativity’ of Hamas terrorists who used paragliders to launch an attack in Israel that left over 1,000 dead, including 22 Americans.
Tufts’ Students for Justice in Palestine group called the terrorists ‘liberation fighters paragliding into occupied territory,’ adding that they had ‘especially shown the creativity necessary to take back stolen land.’
The message added: ‘It has not been without cost, as hundreds of Palestinians have been martyred in the past days, fighting to liberate themselves and their land.’
Similar statements have been made by other pro-Palestinian groups from universities including California State, Harvard, Columbia, and NYU, sparking fury.
The group’s statement was first shared on Tuesday by the Anti-Defamation League New England chapter, who called it ‘obscene.’
The University denounced the organization’s message on Wednesday.
‘We condemn the terrorism and atrocities that Hamas has carried out against Israel,’ said spokesman Patrick Collins. ‘We strongly disagree with and denounce SJP’s statement and want to make clear that no student group speaks for the university.’
A student group at Tufts University is facing backlash after a statement in which they praised the ‘creativity’ of Hamas terrorists who used paragliders to launch an attack in Israel
The group’s statement was first shared on Tuesday by the Anti-Defamation League New England chapter, who called it ‘obscene’
A fire blazes after a rocket was launched from the Gaza Strip landed in Ashkelon, Israel
A man holds his dog after a rocket, launched from the Gaza Strip, landed in Ashkelon, southern Israel. The war has already claimed at least 2,200 lives on both sides
Many of the school’s notable alums have taken to social media to express their disappointment at the group’s statement.
‘As a human being & alum I am disgusted by this & expect firm action by the university administration. This is one of the worst international terrorist incidents on record & Tufts SJP applauds Hamas creativity. Unbelievable,’ said Matthew Levitt, former Georgetown professor and ex director of the Reinhard Counterterrorism Program at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
‘SJP at my alma mater enters the sweepstakes of obscene celebration of Anti-Semitic mass murder, praising Hamas’ “creativity” in executing its “historic” action of mass rape and murder and infanticide,’ wrote journalist John-Paul Pagano.
Tuft’s Students for Justice in Palestine group is just the latest to land themselves in hot water after seemingly cheering the Hamas’ attack, which has unleashed the biggest conflict between Israel and Palestine in decades.
In their statement on Sunday the groups said the attack which left more than 1,000 dead ‘did not happen in a vacuum’, and claimed the Israeli government has forced Palestinians to live in ‘an open-air prison for over two decades’.
The Tufts group held a prayer vigil for Palestinians on Tuesday
Billionaire hedge fund manager Bill Ackman claimed that fellow CEOs want to know who they are so ‘none of us inadvertently hire any of their members’.
The CEO of Pershing Square Capital Management said he has been approached by ‘a number of CEOs’, adding: ‘One should not be able to hide behind a corporate shield when issuing statements supporting the actions of terrorists, who, we now learn, have beheaded babies, among other inconceivably despicable acts.’
Columbia University’s Students for Justice in Palestine also released a statement blaming Israel for the terrorist attacks, claiming that Hamas’ actions were a ‘counter-offensive against their settler-colonial oppressor.’
The Ivy-League schools were also joined by a group from Northwestern University named Justice in Palestine who said that they ‘stand unwavering in our commitment to highlighting the profound injustices faced by the Palestinian people.’
The Harvard statements were widely condemned including by former US Treasury Secretary Larry Summers who wrote on X: ‘In nearly 50 years of @Harvard affiliation, I have never been as disillusioned and alienated as I am today.’
Ryna Workman, 24, a non-binary student at NYU’s School of Law sent a weekly newsletter saying that the innocent slaughtering of Israeli children, women, and citizens this past week was is Israel’s ‘full responsibility’
The first space of the statement released by the Students for Justice in Palestine and a Jewish Voice for Peace out of Columbia University
Meanwhile, the president of New York University’s Law School Bar Association president had a job offer from a pro-LGBTQ+ law firm rescinded after she stated that Hamas’ slaughter of children in Israel was ‘necessary.’
Ryna Workman, 24, a non-binary student at NYU’s School of Law sent a weekly newsletter saying the murder of innocent Israeli children, women, and citizens this past week was is Israel’s ‘full responsibility.’
On Tuesday, the law firm Winston & Strawn – which regularly highlights its legal work representing the LGBTQ + community – told DailyMail.com in a statement that their offer of employment to Workman has been rescinded.
The number of U.S. citizens confirmed to have been killed in the Israel-Hamas war has risen to at least 22 with at least 17 unaccounted for, the State Department said Wednesday. That’s an increase in the death toll from 14 the day before.
U.S. citizens are among the estimated 150 hostages captured by Hamas militants during their shocking weekend assault on Israel, President Joe Biden confirmed on Tuesday.
The war has already claimed at least 2,200 lives on both sides.
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