Monday, September 29, 2014

THIS is Apartheid: PA University Ejects pro-Arab Journalist for Being Jewish

From Arutz Sheva, 28 Sept 2014, by Nir Har-Zahav and Tova Dvorin:

A Haaretz reporter was ejected from a pro-Palestinian [Arabs] conference at Birzeit University on Saturday, reporter Amira Hass said - simply for being an Israeli Jew. 

[Veteran anti-Zionist, Haaretz  reporter Amira] Hass attempted to attend the "Alternatives to Neo-Liberal Development in the Occupied Palestinian Territories – Critical Perspectives" conference at the university, which is located near Ramallah where she lives.

But she was ejected from the hall by the organizers...after students at the admission desk noted she worked for the Israeli publication and alerted security authorities to intervene.

Birzeit University has had a policy of barring Israeli Jews from the campus for over 20 years, administrators said.... 

Her colleagues and professors told her that she was being ejected on the one hand "for her own protection" and also to give the students "a safe space" free of Jews.

...Hass - who is well-known in Arab and leftist circles for her aggressive anti-Zionism, and provoked outrage last year for justifying rock-throwing attacks against Jews - angrily noted that she was "not told" about the policy and that "...[Israeli Arabs] are not subject to the same policy." 

...The incident surfaces amid growing tension between parts of the Israeli Left and the Palestinian Authority. 

Several left-wing parties, including Labor and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni's HaTnua party, openly supported Israel's self-defense operation in Gaza, Operation Protective Edge. 

More recently, Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's anti-Israel tirade at the UN General Assembly offended even Meretz Chairman Zehava Gal-On, who branded the remarks as "serious and grave."

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