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December 20, 2012 12:17 pm

Scandal at Haifa University as Islamic Movement Chairman Who Called Jews “Fleas” Arrives on Campus

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A mini-scandal took place at Haifa University this week when Kamal Khatib, deputy chairman of the Islamic movement in Northern Israel, arrived on campus. In the past Khatib has referred to Jews as “fleas,” has expressed his opposition to the existence of Israel and has advocated for the Arab ‘right of return.’

Khatib was at Haifa University to give a lecture to the campus’s Arab students and to bestow scholarships on some of its members.

One professor told Israeli daily Maariv that it was ” a disaster to allow” an individual such as Khatib, known for  “incitement against the state, to appear before members of the Islamic movement on campus, and in the name of the movement to give them scholarships.”

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Several professors and a contingent of students tried to express their concern over Khatib’s appearance directly to Haifa University President Amos Shapira, but to no avail. The group of students even tried to enter the hall where the event took place but were refused entry.

For its part the university issued this statement: “This event was closed and organized by the student cell. Entry to the event was determined by the cell organizer, and was by invitation only. Regarding the participation of Khatib – we certainly condemn expressions made by Kamal Khatib in the past. However, Israel is a state of law, and as we explained before the law – the University cannot prevent the entry of a person onto its territory. “

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  • Phil N

    I believe it was a good thing to let him speak. It shows how foolish the peace movement is. It shows how foolish those who believe a lasting peace is attainable. Israel is in a fight to the death with arabs. The sooner they start acting that way the better off they will be.

  • The decision to allow Khatib to speak publicly at the university displays the strength and moral fibe of the Jews. Unafraid of those who would speak against them, they are given equal opportunity to express their hateful views in public.

    If you choose to bare yourself, the responsibility for having done so is your own.
    Such people bare themselves in public for the sake of their hateful views.

    If you want to bare yourself naked to express your hatred – of Jews or anyone or anything else, go head!!

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