An Inclusive Litany

8/10/02

Before police arrived to escort them to safety, a handful of pro-Israel demonstrators at San Francisco State University were surrounded for nearly half an hour by a larger group of ostensibly pro-Palestinian counter-demonstrators who shouted such things as "Death to Jews" and "Hitler should have finished the job." Following the confrontation, a University task force offered recommendations to improve relations between the two groups, among which was the creation of an Islamic studies program.

And at Montreal's Concordia University, about two dozen protesters surrounded and assaulted a 73-year-old Holocaust survivor and Israel supporter while chanting "Palestinian checkpoint!" A Montreal Rabbi and his wife, a Concordia religion professor, were also kicked and punched. Following the incident, university officials responded by instituting a moratorium on all campus events relating to conflict in the Middle East.

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