A student from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign has been charged with a hate crime for throwing a rock at a Jewish student in April during an anti-Israel march on campus.

According to The News-Gazette, Sayed A. Quraishi, 23, admitted that he threw the rock. He faces a sentence that ranges from probation to five years in prison.

“There is no world where throwing a rock at Jewish students is acceptable,” tweeted the Anti-Defamation League’s Midwest office. “We welcome authorities taking this case seriously and support efforts to create a more welcoming campus environment.”

It added that “anti-semitism and hate have no place at UIUC.”

On April 18, the Students for Justice in Palestine held a led march against Israel. It coincided with the intermediary days of Passover and stopped in front of the Illini Hillel Cohen Center for Jewish Life.


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