Ohio College Defends Anti-Israel, Pro-Terrorist Display On Campus
Oberlin, OH – Oberlin College is defending a memorial to Palestinian Islamic terrorists that was set up in a popular gathering spot on campus.
The installation, which consisted of signage and flags, appeared on the lawn at the Wilder Bowl on Nov. 21 as a protest of a recent Israeli airstrike, according to the explanation on a sign posted at the site.
“Last week, Israel unleashed violent airstrikes on the Gaza Strip to assassinate Bahaa Abu al-Atta and his wife on Tuesday, November 12th. In the process, killing 34 unarmed Palestinian civilians, including 8 children,” the sign read.
“Oberlin Students for a Free Palestine and Oberlin Jewish Voice for Peace have created this installation to commemorate the lives of these 34 Palestinians who died at the hands of Zionist Settler Colonialism," the sign said.
“We list the names and ages of those who were lost on each black flag,” the sign explained, referring to the black flags sprinkled across the grassy area.
However, the display did not reveal the terrorist organization affiliation or the fact that the group supported the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against the nation of Israel, FOX News reported.
Nor did the information presented on the installation’s sign accurately reflect “a majority of fatalities were members of Palestinian Islamic Jihad, an Iranian-backed terrorist organization that is blacklisted by the United States, European Union, and others,” according to The Algemeiner.
Palestinians have tried to claim that 16 of 34 victims were innocent civilians but the Israeli military has identified 25 of the dead as known members of terrorist organizations.
The college acknowledged that the spectacle “offended some members of our large and diverse community” but defended their decision to permit the display honoring known terrorists to be set up on its campus.
Oberlin College claimed the controversial move supported free speech, according to FOX News.
“Oberlin students, like all citizens, are entitled to their own thoughts and expressions and are individually accountable for how they engage in public discourse,” the school told the New York Daily News. “Students do not speak for the college, and the college does not dictate the views of its 2,850 students.”
“The opinions presented by the installation were solely those of the student groups that created it and do not represent the views of Oberlin College,” a spokesman for Oberlin said. “Oberlin opposes all forms of anti-Semitism, as we do all forms of prejudice and oppression.”
The statement went on to highlight Oberlin College’s “deep commitment to Jewish life and scholarship,” the New York Daily News reported.
But this wasn’t the first time Oberlin College has been accused of anti-Semitism, FOX News reported.
More than 200 Oberlin alumni signed an open letter in 2016 that expressed their concerns about anti-Semitism on the Ohio campus.
Oberlin alumnus Anne Herzberg told FOX News she stopped contributing money to her alma mater about 10 years ago because Oberlin had failed to "strongly deal with the targeting of Jews on campus.”