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November 3, 2016 3:16 pm

Kent State Students Demand Removal of ‘Golda’ Display, Claiming Late Israeli Leader Engaged in ‘Ethnic Cleansing of Palestinians’

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Former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir. Photo: Wikipedia.

Former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir. Photo: Wikipedia.

Students at Kent State University are demanding the removal of a display featuring a photo of and quotation by the late Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir on the grounds that she participated in the “ethnic cleansing of Palestinians.”

In an op-ed published by the independent student website Kent Wired, the president of the university’s Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) chapter, Yousof Mousa, wrote that his group — together with the Spanish and Latino Student Association (SALSA), Ohio Student Association and Muslim Students Association (MSA) — consider the display to be a “discriminatory…daily” reminder of racism on campus.

“Unfortunately for black and Palestinian students…while she [Meir] might be a model for some students, her legacy is more complicated for many of us,” Mousa wrote.

Citing the “academic research” of virulently anti-Zionist “Israeli scholars,” such as Ilan Pappe and Tom Segev, Mousa wrote that Meir “had policies and statements that were expressly racist against Africans,” which “produced many hurtful stereotypes, and we hear about people of color today in the racism authorized in the Trump campaign.”

“For Palestinians, it is doubly hurtful — Meir once said that we don’t exist as a people,” he added.

Mousa said that passing by the campus’ Bowman Hall and seeing the photo and quote (“Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement”) makes Palestinian and black students uncomfortable, and “contributes to a climate that makes us feel like we do not belong here.”

Mousa said the coalition of Kent student groups would like to see “someone more fitting of a diverse and inclusive campus environment” featured, suggesting famed Jewish theologian Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel or political theorist and author of The Banality of Evil, Hannah Arendt.

Responding to potential critics, Mousa wrote that SJP recognizes “many want to silence our support for Palestinian rights by labeling us antisemitic. We are not. Many of our closest allies in the US and across the world are Jewish and believe deeply in Palestinian rights. We struggle together with them as we do with all other people of color and white allies that believe in eliminating racism, discrimination and systematic violence.”

While Kent State’s SJP contends its activities are not antisemitic, a recent study by Brandeis University found, as The Algemeiner reported, that “one of the strongest predictors of perceiving a hostile climate towards Israel and Jews is the presence of an active SJP group on campus.”

Meir — who served as Israel’s fourth and only female prime minister between March 1969 and June 1974 — is remembered as being a key player in bolstering Israel’s relations with African nations and for seeking peace with Israel’s neighbors.

“We will only have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us,” she famously said.

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  • fernando potrik

    Why not rewrite the world history? These “STUDENTS” are not here to make wrongs right. They are here to confuse ANTI SEMITISM with destruction of Israel as a nation…On both instances, keep dreaming….Don’t like the American Way, go back to the holes the you crawl frm…my two cents…

  • Ron Barak

    Mousa said the coalition of Kent student groups would like to see “someone more fitting of a diverse and inclusive campus environment”

    Why not feature instead of Golda, the perfect example for Muslims – the prophet Muhammad?

    A pedophile who married a six year old and consummated the marriage when she was nine? A person who broke treaties and truces when the circumstances changed to his advantage? A model who exterminated whole tribes, executing men in front of their wives and children, then raping and selling into slavery same wives and children? Muhammed would certainly be a much better choice for SJP members.

  • Mercworx

    “Unfortunately for black and Palestinian students”

    What the hell does this have to do with Black students? Why on earth would they care.

    And once again for the 10,000th time. There are for more Jewish refugees from Arab/Muslim countries than so called Palestinian refugees. And they lived in their respective countries long before the rise of Islam.

  • They “feel like they don’t belong there”?
    They’re right. They don’t.

  • moosehorn

    Remove. She is criminal and ugly too.

  • Elliott

    Just another example of the antisemitic SJP campus hate group trying to impose its twisted narrative on the university community.

  • Nefarious420

    wow, taqiyya is strong on american campuses, and goes unchecked.

    • moosehorn

      Nefarious, deplorable and despicable suits lying scumbags like you.

      • Howard

        Having no factual rebuttal, just juvenile name-calling, you ironically seem to be proving Nefarious420’s point.


    The root cause of these issues isn’t the students it is poltically appointed idiots running the schools. There are close to 2 million Muslims living in Israel and 2million plus around Gaza and West Bank not to mention a total of 600 million. This crazy paradigm is just idiots brainwashed.

  • Kwitcherbellyakin

    Wow. She was right. People who look little to themselves do not like to face up to the fact that they can be constructive if they want to be. These students need an education into reality. What they find offensive is that she did not recognize “Palestinians” as a people because they weren’t. She is known for her practical wisdom. They should learn from her.

    • Lynda Newman Sadoff

      So right, these people were (and still are), nomadic Arabs, Saudis, Egyptians, Jordanians, Lebanese. They didn’t call themselves “Palestinians” until after the ’67 war. Time to put BDS, and Mousa on notice to put their HATE away. They know exactly what Golda Meier stood for. Truth and Justice not their phony propaganda they learned from Arafat and Abbas.

  • Reb_Yaakov

    The opinion piece alluded to mentioned “deporting several groups of black Israelis from Israel in October 1971” as an example of Meir’s racist policies against Africans. However, I believe those were African-Americans who were part of the Black Israelite religious group. If there are specific allegations concerning her policies toward Africans per se, then those should be aired so they can be examined objectively. In more recent times, Israel has rescued very large numbers of persecuted Africans of Jewish background by bringing them to Israel, and it might be claimed that that has been the only instance in the history of Africa in which Blacks were removed other than for slavery. Yet we don’t usually see recognition given to Israel for that.

    I think most evenhanded historians would agree that the Arabs living in Palestine did not regard themselves as a distinct people until the 20th century. Everyone living in Palestine, including Jews, was called a Palestinian. As for the treatment of those Arabs, especially after the creation of the state of Israel, it is clear that an independent analysis would conclude that there were deficiencies in the way they were treated. Yet I’m not aware of anything Meir did in this respect that is worthy of the kind of condemnation going on here. Again, if there are allegations in this regard, then let’s hear them so we can consider them in an evenhanded manner and clear the air.