October 15, 2015

Letter: SJP spreads false information around campus

On posters all throughout campus, Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) claim that the Israeli military murdered Esra’ Zidan Abed and Ahmad Manasra.

I am not writing to provide context or commentary. I am not writing to debate SJP on the ongoing events in Israel. I am writing with a single purpose: to refute lies told by SJP. I am not asking you to take me at my word; you can verify the facts on CNN, BBC, and Reuters.

Asraa Zidan Tawfik Abed and Ahmad Manasra are alive.

On October 9, Asraa Zidan Tawfik Abed was shot by security forces in the Israeli city of Afula. She was transported to Poriya Hospital in Tiberias, where she was reported to be in moderate condition.

On October 12, Ahmad Manasra was hit by a car in the Pisgat Ze’ev neighborhood of Jerusalem. He was transported to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem, where he was reported to be in moderate to light condition. He is expected to be released from the hospital in the coming days. Images and videos showing Ahmad recovering at Hadassah Ein Kerem have been released to the public.

Why is SJP lying?

— Simcha Barkai, Ph.D. candidate, Department of Economics

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