(March 26, 2019 / JNS)
In response to the recent escalation in the Gaza Strip, students at Tel Aviv University held a moment of silence on Tuesday for Palestinian “martyrs” there.
“This is a moment of silence in memory of the martyrs of Gaza who were killed in aggressive bombings, and in memory of the martyrs of the ‘Great Return March’ and Land Day,” said one of the students before the moment of silence.
The students gathered in the university’s Entin Square, waving the Palestine Liberation Organization flag and holding signs reading “one nation, one will, one struggle” and “freedom for the prisoners.”
Matan Peleg, CEO of the Zionist organization Im Tirtzu, called the moment of silence “disgraceful.”
“It is disgraceful that Tel Aviv University allows its students to hold demonstrations in solidarity with terrorists who seek to destroy the State of Israel,” he said.
“In the name of so-called freedom of expression,” continued Peleg, “the university is essentially giving a green light to minority students to incite against the State of Israel, while the first ones harmed by this incitement are the minorities seeking to integrate into Israeli society. These demonstrations cause more hatred and polarization, and the university cannot bury its head in the sand and allow them to continue unhindered.”