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Israeli Deaths Glorified at London School of Economics on Holocaust Memorial Day (VIDEO)

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London protesters supporting an anti-Israel BDS campaign. Photo: BICOM / khaled via Flikr.

London protesters supporting an anti-Israel BDS campaign. Photo: BICOM / khaled via Flikr.

Tuesday was the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, but Tuesday night at the London School of Economics – at a joint Palestine Society and Feminist Society event – Israelis were portrayed as rapists. Also at the event, those who killed Israelis were applauded.

In front of a banner that read “Towards Freedom and Independence the Uprising Continues,” a panel of four women described the role Palestinian women should play in the “uprising.”

Rana B. Baker, a student at SOAS who also writes for the Electronic Intifada, said Leila Khaled‘s”hijacking of planes was amazing.” The only problem, Baker said, was that Khaled had now aligned herself with the Assad regime.

Baker reserved her highest admiration for Sana’a Mehaidli, who she said “deserves a standing ovation.” She described how, in 1985 in south Lebanon, Mehaidli “drove a car full of explosives and blew it up near an Israeli convoy killing two Israeli soldiers and injuring between 10 and 12 more.”

Baker described Mehaidli as “the first female to carry out a suicide bombing in south Lebanon” and said Mehaidli was “more admirable for not being well-known and for not being Palestinian.”

Baker concluded by saying that Mehaidli’s “will calls for men and women to armed struggle against a colonial regime based on violence.”

Zena Agha portrayed Israelis as rapists of Palestinian women (see footage below). She said that “in Israel the view of Palestinian women is very derogatory and that rape had become a very prevalent idea. Rape for Israelis was almost a weapon of war against Palestinian women.”

She quoted Mordechai Kedar’s controversial “rape as terror deterrent” statement which, she said, was “illuminating about Israeli democracy.” She also described a sign in an Israeli coastal town which, apparently, read “Pound Their Mothers” as having “sexual connotations.”

She urged the student audience not to adopt western narratives about Hamas, Hezbollah, and ISIS, etc. who, she said, are all referred to as “terrorists.” She complained that “calling Hamas ‘terrorists’ robs them of any agency and delegitimizes them.”

Mezna Qato, a research fellow at Cambridge University, said that boycotting Israel “is a small but powerful tactic that allows women to be lifted up by the spirit of the Palestinian struggle.”

And the event was chaired by Aitemad Muhanna-Matar, a research fellow at the LSE’s Middle East Centre, who said that the Palestinians had no choice “but to sacrifice their bodies” and that “radical Jewish settlers are more a threat to Israel than the Palestinians.”

It was a truly sickening event – the most frightening part of which was when Zena Agha proclaimed “We are the future leaders.”

I, for one, wouldn’t want to be living in the U.K. should that ever come to pass.

This article was originally published on Richard Millett’s Blog.

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