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Published On: Thu, Oct 22nd, 2015

Rutgers students protest against Israel’s right to exist, defend themselves

A pro-Palestinian leader at Rutgers University refused to support Israel’s right to exist at a campus protest Wednesday. The Students for Justice in Palestine event was countered by a pro-Israel demonstration across the street, whose leaders say their counterparts aren’t interested in dialogue.

“Our cause is specific in standing in solidarity with Palestine,” SJP Vice President Naiha Khan told College Fix, declining several requests to give a “yes” or “no” answer.

“I support the right of Palestinians to exist, and then it is up to the Palestinians, however they want these policies and they want the [Israel] occupation to stop. Personally my solidarity is with the Palestinians and then you can interpret that as however you want,” she added.

She questioned whether Israel needs self-defense. “My question is against what?” Khan said.

“You’re looking at a nation [Palestine] that has no army, no navy, no air force. What they have is a tiny piece of sliver that looks over the sea that Israel has — by the way — put a blockade on Gaza, for I don’t know how many years now,” Khan said.

Palestinians have the right under international law “to exist and resist,” which “a lot of times the media does not report,” Khan said. “So what we tried to do with this event is to shed light on the injustices that are happening that people are unaware that the media skews.”

Palestinian Authority map Image/CIA

Palestinian Authority map
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Palestinians supporting the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement are simply asking for “the full rights of Palestinians,” Khan said.

She’s said she’s not a fan of Hillary Clinton because the Democratic presidential candidate has called Israel the only democracy in the Middle East.

“You see Israel saying ‘we are a Jewish democracy,’ and that’s kind of ironic because if you look at democracy it is freedom of religion and freedom of speech, but the Palestinians living in Israel, the Arabs, are treated as second-class citizens,” Khan said.

“I Love Israel” t-shirts were handed out with literature across the street by the university Hillel and Chabad chapters, notes the Fix.

Hillel student board member Evan Gottesman, told The Fix in a statement he “very strongly” supports a two-state solution because it is “the only solution to this dispute.”

Gottesman said that just as Palestinian leaders have rejected a two-state solution several times, even prior to Israel’s creation in 1948, he didn’t think SJP “makes a sincere effort to understand the Jewish narrative.

“The result is that openly anti-Semitic rhetoric is tossed around casually,” Gottesman said. He noted that a commenter on the Facebook page for the SJP event “called a Jewish student a ‘modern equivalent of a Nazi youth’ and described Israel as a ‘Neo-Nazi state.’ The Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Nazi Germany don’t even compare.”

Another Hillel member, Gavi Dav Hochsztein, told The Fix at its booth that he applaud SJP “for standing up for a cause they believe in” but thinks “a lot of their understanding of a lot of the facts is a little bit flawed.”

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