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#1 'Israel Liberation Week' Ends Violently at Berkeley
11-17-2008, 11:24 PM
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' Israel Liberation Week' Ends Violently at Berkeley
Israel Liberation Week, which was organized last week by the Zionist Freedom Alliance (ZFA) at the University of California at Berkeley, ended violently Thursday night in an altercation between ZFA activists and pro-Arab students. The incident took place during a concert featuring Black, Jewish and Mexican hip hop artists promoting, according to the organizers, "freedom for the nation of Israel from Western pressure and influence."
As Zionist rapper Kosha Dillz was performing before a crowd of Berkeley students, members of the SJP (Students for Justice in Palestine) pro-Arabs draped PLO flags from a balcony directly over the stage. When ZFA activist Gabe Weiner attempted to remove the flags, he was punched in the head, he says, by pro-Arab member Husam Zakharia who was then beaten to the ground by Weiner and Yehuda De Sa.
Local ZFA member Yehuda told Israel National News: "Several other members of pro-Arab , including female students, attempted to attack Weiner and De Sa but when three more ZFA activists entered the scene, the male members of pro-Arab – who regularly use physical intimidation to silence Zionist students – hid behind female members of their group and refused to step forward and fight."
The local student press published the pro-Arab version of events on Friday but would not quote any of the ZFA activists interviewed following the incident.
UC Berkeley Dean of Students Jonathan Poullard has asked for student leaders from both groups to attend a meeting with one another but ZFA students have told Israel National News that they will make their attendance conditional on the University dropping its double standard when disciplining pro-Israel and pro-Arab student groups.
Meanwhile, the pro-Arab group is planning to file a petition to remove pro-Israel Student Senator John Moghtader from office, who tried to break up the fight.
Israel National News spoke with ZFA director Yehuda HaKohen, who said that although he had initially discouraged his activists from responding to the flags and would have preferred to have avoided the conflict altogether, he believed that ZFA’s victory in the physical altercation will show the pro-Arab activists that some Jews cannot be intimidated.snip
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