University of Michigan: Pro-“Palestinian” activists violently threaten pro-Israel students

SAFESitIn-300x210We see this again and again: Leftists and Islamic supremacists increasingly imitate Hitler’s Brownshirts, violently menacing anyone who dares stand up against their support for jihad terror, oppression and hatred. It is a tacit admission of abject intellectual bankruptcy, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t potentially lethal.

“Palestinian Activists Violently Threaten Pro-Israel Students,” by Adam Kredo for the Washington Free Beacon, March 21:

Pro-Palestinian activists on the University of Michigan campus have had the cops called on them for threatening pro-Israel students and staging a sit-in over the student government’s refusal to back an anti-Israel initiative to divest from the Jewish state.

University of Michigan police were contacted Wednesday evening after two pro-Palestinian activists allegedly threatened a student who refused to support their boycott initiative.

The threatening rhetoric used by these pro-Palestinian activists is part of wider campaign by the University of Michigan’s pro-Palestine group Students Allied for Freedom and Equality (SAFE), which is part of the virulently anti-Israel Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment movement (BDS).

The pro-Palestinian faction’s violent rhetoric has sparked an atmosphere of fear among pro-Israel students and led at least one to ask that the police launch an investigation into these threats.

SAFE, which describes itself as “a Palestinian solidarity group at the University of Michigan,” has beenstaging sit-ins at the university’s student government chambers and elsewhere, according to insiders and the group’s Facebook page.

On Wednesday of this week, SAFE apparently staged one of its sit-ins in the university’s student government chambers. That is when SAFE activists started shouting threats at those who do not support BDS, according to a police report and University of Michigan Police official.

“A student reported that around 6:30 p.m., two males yelled threats at him while they were in the Central Student Government chambers,” states a “threat of violence” police report from that evening. “They are described as Arabic males, approximately 20 years old and wearing white scarves. One reportedly had light brown skin, black hair, and a trimmed beard. The other was described as shorter than the other subject and thinner hair.”

An official with the university police told the Washington Free Beacon that the past week has been rife with tension following “an effort by a pro-Palestinian group” to promote divestment from Israel.

“There have been sit-ins conducted in those chambers by both students and non-students who are supporting a pro-Palestinian perspective,” said the police official.

“This report we took Wednesday evening was a student who was in the chambers and he alleges that two unknown men described in the incident [report] had yelled at him some threats and he left the area.”

While the official could not reveal the name of the individual who was threatened, she told the Free Beacon that these pro-Palestinian activists have been staging these BDS events for several days.

The university student involved in the incident stated on his Facebook page Thursday that police are looking into multiple threats leveled over a 48-hour period this week.

“I am immensely thankful to the University of Michigan’s Department of Public Safety for continuing to investigate all the threats against me over the last forty-eight hours,” the student stated in a posting obtained by the Free Beacon, which is withholding the individual’s name….

Campus insiders said the Michigan incident is just the latest heavy-handed campaign by anti-Israel activists bent on using U.S. college campuses as a means to foment hate for the Jewish state….


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