Posters appeared on college campuses all over the United States the last couple of days, claiming pro-Palestinian student groups are “anti-Semitic,” and connected with Hamas.
These posters were first seen taped to poles across the campus of University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). The posters say “Students for Justice in Palestine” at the top and “#JewHaters” at the bottom. The various pictures used on the posters are from Gaza during the recent conflicts with Israel.
Here are close-ups of the two posters from UCLA:
The UCLA student government recently voted to pass a bill that called to “withdraw investments in securities, endowments, mutual funds, and other investments with holdings” from corporations that benefit from the Israeli occupation.
“These posters are a clear example of hate speech directed against Students for Justice in Palestine, as well as supporters of Palestinian freedom and equality. They rely on Islamophobic and anti-Arab tropes to paint Palestinians as terrorists and to misrepresent Students for Justice in palestine as anti-Semitic.”
Gene Block, ULCA’s Chancellor, sent an email to the “Campus Community” about the incident:
“No student should feel threatened that they would be unable to participate in a university activity because of their religion. And no student should be compared to a terrorist for holding a political opinion. These disturbing episodes are very different, but they both are rooted in stereotypes and assumptions.
Political debate can stir passionate disagreements. The views of others may make us uncomfortable. That may be unavoidable. But to assume that every member of a group can’t be impartial or is motivated by hatred is intellectually and morally unacceptable. When hurtful stereotypes — of any group — are wielded to delegitimize others, we are all debased.”
On Monday and Tuesday, more posters appeared around other campuses across the country:
The anonymous creators of the posters allege a connection between the pro-Palestinian and BDS movement with radical terrorism, despite its claims to the contrary. The posters are designed to visualize this connection.
Responses via social media, as expected, reflected both those that supported and opposed the art:
The posters have since been removed from UCLA’s campus.
—Courtesy of IJ Review