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Jewish Student Assaulted by ‘Pro-Palestine’ Student at Temple University

Pro-Israel Jewish student assaulted by 'pro-Palestinian' student at Temple University
A member of Students for Justice in Palestine punched a pro-Israel student in the face at Temple University, Aug. 20, 2014.

A member of Students for Justice in Palestine punched a pro-Israel student in the face at Temple University, Aug. 20, 2014.
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It happened before the school year even officially began.

A group of students were seated at an organizational table at Temple University’s orientation on Wednesday, Aug. 20. The group represented Students for Justice in Palestine, and were handing out literature attacking Israel.

A Jewish, pro-Israel student, Daniel Vessal, attempted to engage in a dialogue with the SJP students, but dialogue is not what they were interested in.  Instead, they started laughing at Vessal, and calling him a “baby-killer,” according to a report at TruthRevolt.

Vessal, a campus fellow for the pro-Israel organization Committee for Accuracy in Media Reporting in America (CAMERA), told TruthRevolt that he attempted  to engage the SJP students in conversation about the conflict, but their response was simply laughter, curses, and then violence.

I said, ‘when Hamas stops sending the rockets, that’s when there can be peace. That’s when we can start.’”

“This one girl sitting at the end of the table was just laughing and laughing at me,” he explained “As she was laughing at me, people at the table were calling me a ‘baby killer,’ I said when she stops then maybe we could have a genuinely peaceful conversation.”

“And then this kid just rocks me in the face as hard as he can. My glasses flew off. After a two-second blur I had no clue what had happened.

As Vessal explained to Temple University security what happened, the SJP students were shouting at him, “Zionist pig!” Other witnesses told TruthRevolt they heard the SJP students yelling “Kike” at Vessal as he lay on the ground.

According to Vessal, Temple’s head of student activities immediately stated that the SJP table should be shut down, but Temple campus security refused, stating that the student who sucker-punched Vessal had already been sent home.

Vessal was taken to Temple University Hospital for evaluation following the assault. He intends to pursue legal action.

Students for Justice in Palestine has been responsible for the vast majority of the most heinous anti-Israel acts on U.S. campuses over the past several years, whether at Brooklyn College or Northeastern University, at Florida campuses and at Michigan. But now that the actions of the group have become violent, perhaps what passes for leadership at Jewish campus organizations and campus administrations will take steps to shut down the organization.

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.


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16 Responses to “Jewish Student Assaulted by ‘Pro-Palestine’ Student at Temple University”

  1. Paul W. Howe says:

    Throw them out of the Temple U.

  2. Tony Dc says:

    This is a local and city issue not a federal issue.

  3. Anna Hogan says:

    I hope there were charges pressed against the one who assaulted him. Plus, this is a hate crime. The student should be dismissed from Temple.

  4. I hope he files charges

  5. Send anyone who commits these crimes back to Palestine
    Universities are too liberals as are their professors!
    Enough is Enough!

  6. David Cohen says:

    Tony Dc it is also a Civil Rights issue

  7. Karen Bryant says:

    Anyone notice that when Jews and/or Christians demonstrate about something they don’t get ugly, loud or threatening. Not so with other groups. They scream, push and cause physical harm to anyone that disagrees with them.

  8. John DeLancy says:

    You’re the Jewish Press, you don’t have to pretend it’s “Palestinian activism” when everyone already knows it’s antisemitism (in the correct, dictionary definition of “bastards who hate Jewish people”)

  9. They be thrown out of the university

  10. The student who assaulted the Jewish student should be sued!!! We need to stand up to bullies. It’s the only language they understand. The police should also be sued, since they didn’t arrest the student. They just sent him home. What kind of justice is that?

  11. The student who assaulted the Jewish student should be sued!!! We need to stand up to bullies. It’s the only language they understand. The police should also be sued, since they didn’t arrest the student. They just sent him home. What kind of justice is that?

  12. Joyce Myers says:

    the pro palestine student should be thrown out of school

  13. Joyce Myers says:

    the pro palestine student should be thrown out of school

  14. So why is it that Ku Klux Klan still exist? Amongst many other racist organizarions?

  15. So why is it that Ku Klux Klan still exist? Amongst many other racist organizarions?

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