Oberlin Students Erect Memorial to Palestinian Terrorists

Memorial commemorates 'Palestinians who died at the hands of Zionist Settler Colonialism'

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November 25, 2019

Students at Oberlin College erected a memorial to dozens of Palestinians killed in an Israeli rocket strike without acknowledging that more than half of the casualties were members of a Palestinian terrorist organization.

"Last week, Israel unleashed violent airstrikes on the Gaza Strip to assassinate Bahaa Abu al-Atta and his wife on Tuesday, November 12th," the memorial read. It accused the Israeli military of "killing 34 unarmed Palestinian civilians, including 8 children."

Two pro-Palestine student groups, Oberlin Students for a Free Palestine and Oberlin Jewish Voice for Peace, installed the memorial to commemorate "these 34 Palestinians who died at the hands of Zionist Settler Colonialism."

A majority of the casualties in the strike were members of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), according to the Jerusalem Post. PIJ is a part of the Alliance of Palestinian Forces, along with the terrorist group Hamas.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu described Al-Atta as a "ticking bomb," and said the terrorist leader was responsible for recent rocket and drone attacks in Israel. Netanyahu also said Al-Atta was planning further attacks before his death.

Hamas promised that Israel's attack "would not go unpunished."

Oberlin College did not respond to a request for comment on the memorial. The school has dealt with concerns over anti-Semitic views on campus in the past. In early 2016, hundreds of students and alumni signed an open letter to the campus community criticizing the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement for becoming a source of anti-Semitism.

The letter condemned "the tactics of Oberlin's pro-BDS student organizations that intimidate, threaten, and coerce Jewish students, which we have seen and heard in numerous written and spoken reports."

A pro-Palestine student group responded by accusing the students of conflating criticisms of Israel with anti-Semitism and said a "special focus" on Israel's actions is necessary.

Oberlin also fired a professor who wrote on social media that ISIS is an arm of the Israeli military and that Israel was behind the attacks on Charlie Hebdo in Paris.