Ohio College Defends Anti-Israel, Pro-Terrorist Display On Campus

Oberlin College has defended its decision to let a group build an anti-Israel display at a campus gathering spot.

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.”

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HH3
HH3

I wonder if they even know the history of how the Palestinians ended up in the camps. They were told to go there by the Arab governments.

How many rockets have flown into Israel? One rocket sent into Israel, then ten bombings should land on terrorists homes, work and every other place they frequent.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

It is so important to protect offensive speech. It's part of protecting all speech.

Plus, it makes it easier to identify the nutjobs among us if you simply let them speck.

Aramovich
Aramovich

"Zionist Settler Colonialism", sounds like the extreme left in the 1970's.

JBoH
JBoH

I remember when people went to college to get an education. Sigghhhh. The good old days.

DNW
DNW

I suppose the Israeli military can be considered a source to be trusted without reservation when it comes to reporting whom they killed. Kudos to Oberlin for taking this one head-on. Why don't those who disagree with the display utilize their exercise of free speech and prepare a substantive rebuttal? May the truth win out, that's what it's all about here in the Land of the Free.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

Funny how these universities all of a sudden defend peoples' freedom of speech and expression and protests when its anti American and anti Israel....

LEO0301
LEO0301

Free speech is one thing but it is more than that. The land where this memorial was placed is owned by the college. As such, the college seems to be supporting anti-Semitism by allowing it.

bryantrent
bryantrent

Crazy

rds40
rds40

Hopefully they will bankrupt themselves

Cromaxgal
Cromaxgal

Cut off all monies

spitfirexiiv
spitfirexiiv

Oberlin, should relocate to California.

ikaika
ikaika

This is a disgusting display and college officials ought to be ashamed. Oberlin is a private college and very expensive. If more alumni stopped donating, it would force them to clean up their act.

Tom_Slick
Tom_Slick

No little Hitler flag? They are slipping.

pixiepup
pixiepup

This is sick!

GA*FL Man
GA*FL Man

"Oberlin Jewish Voice for Peace", How ignorant can a group of people be to side with Terrorist who want to destroy all Jews.

Marxest
Marxest

They have the right to free speech. This isn't The People's Republic of China. Isreal has racked up a hugh civilian body count of Palestinians as well as having a appallingly long laundry list of crimes. The open air internment camps they maintain are similar version of the concentration camps that the Nazi Party of Germany maintained. The US doesn't need to be financing Isreal. Isreal has their own money, they have piles of money and gold that they hide and hoard in their homes.

Badge204
Badge204

A shame. This stupid display of another country who has been killing since Jesus was born. Of course the school administrators only care for their pocket book.

Janken
Janken

No more tax payer money. That will solve all problems

tuggingalong
tuggingalong

If Christians and Jewish organizations wanted a public display, there would be a nasty outcry from the libtard public and media. It’s a double standard these days.

lmullen804
lmullen804

Glad Oberlin lost to Gibson's Bakery.