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University Shenanigans

Here is another example of the sickness that is pervading US university campuses:

As part of the Palestinian Awareness Week, students in the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) simulated the Palestiniansí sufferings at Israelís countless security checkpoints as well as the controversial Separation Wall in the West bank.

A group of students reenacted an Israeli checkpoint outside Kerckhoff Hall on Bruin Walk, with some dressing up as Palestinian civilians and others as Israeli soldiers, according to the UCLA website.

They prepared two entrances one for “Jews” and the others for “Palestinians”.

While the soldiers allowed the “Jews” to pass freely, “Palestinians” were either forced to wait or were arrested.

Playing the role of an Israeli soldier, Jesus Cameron, a third-year political science student and a member of Students for Justice in Palestine, said he wanted students to be aware of injustices against Palestinians.

Muizz Rafique, another student, said he “felt it was necessary to portray what Palestinians have to go through on an everyday basis and how the checkpoints disrupt everyday life.”

The simulation was part of the activities of the awareness week organized by the Muslim Student Association (MSA), Students for Justice in Palestine and the United Arab Society Pro-Palestinian groups, known as Al-Awda.

The week, marked on many U.S. college campuses, started Monday, April 12 and would continue to Thursday, April 15.

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The Israeli controversial separation wall was also present through a 10 feet high and 24 feet long cardboard.

“We wanted to give a feeling for what is like to have a wall running through your city,” said Mariam Jukaku, a third-year computer science student and president of MSA.

Alia Hasan, a member of Al-Awda, said people need to see the discrimination against Palestinians by Israeli soldiers.

“We want to show the reality of the life for Palestinians living under Israeli occupation,” he stressed.

No students approaching the “checkpoints” with bombs hidden under their clothes? No shooting or bombing of innocent Israeli civilians? Doesn’t sound like the reality at all.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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