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November 13, 2016 8:23 am

Kent State Weighs Removal of ‘Golda’ Display in Wake of Anti-Israel Student Outcry

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Former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir. Photo: Wikipedia.

Former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir. Photo: Wikipedia.

Kent State University officials are contemplating the removal of a display featuring a photo and quotation by the late Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir, after students complained that the exhibit is a “discriminatory” daily reminder of racism on campus, the independent school website Kent Wired reported.

President Beverly Warren responded to an op-ed written by Yousof Mousa, president of the university’s Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) chapter — with the support of the Spanish and Latino Student Association (SALSA), Ohio Student Association and Muslim Students Association (MSA) — with a letter saying that she, the provost and the senior vice president of academic affairs had visited the display and will “decide about the course of action.”

“Thank you for expressing your concerns about the negativity in the national environment and your support for Kent State to continue to be a diverse community that is committed to inclusive excellence,” Warren wrote, according to the report. “I share those sentiments and am dedicated to our campus being one that is welcoming to all while also honoring the rights of free speech and freedom of expression that are central to a democratic society.”

Mousa told Kent Wired that it is not Meir’s quote itself that disturbs him and his fellow students, but rather everything the late prime minister represents.

“It’s from a person connected to the death of many Palestinians. That’s where the problem is,” he said.

Rachel Mason, president of SALSA, said her organization stands in solidarity with SJP and its demands to remove the Meir display, because it supports “the attitude of not being complacent with oppression in any capacity.”

As The Algemeiner previously reported, SJP and its allies want to remove the Meir display on the grounds that the late leader of the state of Israel participated in the “ethnic cleansing of Palestinians.”

Mousa wrote in an article, published by Kent Wired, 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 cited the “academic research” of virulently anti-Zionist “Israeli scholars,” such as Ilan Pappe and Tom Segev.

Passing by the photo and quote — which reads, “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 claimed.

Meir, who served as Israel’s fourth and only female prime minister between March 1969 and June 1974, is remembered for playing a key role in bolstering Israel’s relations with African nations and for seeking peace with the Jewish state’s Arab 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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  • Where are the SJW’s and especially the Women on this attack on the Sisterhood? What … Jews Women don’t count …

  • Jacqueline Burns

    And then they can make up one to suit them as the so-called Palestinians do!

  • Gayle Robertson

    “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” Really? That is offensive? I disagree.

  • Jeffrey Rosen retired NYPD SGT

    Send in the Ohio National Guard

  • Steven Tenenbaum

    The perception of Palestinians is heavily influenced by propaganda attempting to alter the historical record regarding the historical connection between Jews and Israel, to pretend in the face of massive and incontrovertible data to the contrary that no connection exists.
    The inability to refute this clearly distorted narrative terrifies me, as the child of a Holocaust survivor. As the last survivors pass, how long before the “deniers” succeed in their efforts to remove Jews from the Holocaust? Already I have been told by Trump supporters attacking my fears of the ascendant Alt-right, that “the Holocaust was a long time need to get over your illogical culture of victimhood!”
    I am accustomed to such sentiment from Palestinians living overseas online. To get it from Americans is a new and profoundly disturbing sign of the dawn of Trump’s Amerika, and the changing nature of “what can be said in polite company.”

  • Eric

    Stupid snowflakes!

  • Alexis Kerner

    Perhaps each cultural group in the college can choose a leader that they admire and a quote associated with that leader. This way everyone can feel represented. A meeting of all groups could then be called where each group discusses why they chose the leader and that specific quote. Then those at the meeting can discuss what they all have in common. Love the passion, keep an open heart Kent.

  • Steven Randolph

    So Muslims support an anti-israeli agenda on the college campuses? Big surprise. No the real surprise is that other left wing oriented groups and students support the Muslims when Muslim countries are “so intolerant” of other religions, sexual orientation, gay marriage, and women’s rights?

  • Michael

    This is where the moderates have to step in. Brigitte Gabriel said it best that it’s the radicals who drive the agenda while the peaceful majority is irrelevant. Groups at Kent State or any other university that don’t want the fashion and thought police to dictate policy are the ones that must make their voices heard and that includes non-Jewish groups as well.

  • KevinA11

    see Democratic Party, THIS is why I can’t freak out against the alt-right’s anti-Semitism: this stuff is far more common, widespread, and dangerous because it can be classified as “enlightened.” At least people know the alt-right for what it is and it doesn’t try to be something its not.

  • TerrorIsEvil

    Funny, the leftists supporters of sharia, jihad and terrorism (most whom, I assume, voted for Hillary) cannot seem to appreciate that Golda was a very capable and courageous female Prime Minister and leader of a country in 1969.

    I guess that the Jew hate groups coming from the Islamist-centric Justice in Palestine (SJP) chapter, Spanish and Latino Student Association (SALSA),
    the Ohio Student Association and Muslim Students Association (MSA) are more interested in taking down Israel than they are of stopping terrorism, stopping the war on minorities, (Christians, Jews, Kurds, Yazidis, etc) and they are certainly not interested in stopping the suppression of women’s rights (of which there are none to very little in Islamic countries).

    These people are being paid by leftist billionaires and OIC countries who use them to further their conquest and make it easier for the Muslim Brotherhood and George Soros’ to operate in a global world without borders where it is easier to do business in non-regulated world of graft and corruption and where human life means nothing. Soros started out his fortune cashing in on what remained of Jewish property from Jews who were killed by Europeans or fled during WWII. Now he and his leftist billionaire colleagues spend their money by agitating (especially on campuses where students are ripe for terror indoctrination) against democracy and against nations like Israel who believe in their rights, their survival and their freedoms and protect them from the onslaught of Islamist groups and terrorists.

  • Steve Loeb

    Why not keep the display and just remove the students

  • hoptoit27

    Golda Meir is credited with authorizing the hunting down and killing the perpetrators of the massacre of Jewish athletes at the Munich Olympic games. For this alone I would enshrine her as a humanitarian of the first order. The mealy mouth administrators at Kent State will problem acquiesce to the demands but they will never tarnish Golda’s legacy.

  • JerseyYork

    Enjoy Trump, SJP!!

  • Robennetto

    Another bunch of hollow, self-righteous,disconnected leftist crackpots on a college campus- sound familiar?

  • watsa46

    Golda promoted the assistance of Israel “know how” to many countries of Africa. This was cancelled following the Arab oil embargo against the Jews and the West! Kent Univ is full of IGNORAMUSES and racist antisemites.!!! Islamists ignorant promote hate and lies.

  • garyfouse

    Typical cowardly college administrators. Meir won a war against the Arab world. Of course SJP wants to remove her.

  • Peter Joffe

    Re brand the Kent State University as the Islam Kent State University. Expel all Jews, Christians, infidels and turn the library into an armory. This will earn the respect and praise of all ‘good’ Muslims. Better still close the University down as it is being destroyed by Muslims anyway.

  • chuckabunch

    If it reminds anyone of racism…’s the racism that THEY posses. Classical psychological example of PROJECTION.

  • Israel Hamakabi

    Anti Jewish racism is called Anti-Semitic. Warren needs to be reminded.

    • Arabs are Semites too, therefor the phrase “anti-Semitic” as applied exclusively to Jews, is nonsensical.

  • Hard Little Machine

    another college where little snowflakes will still have to pay back their school loans while they tramp around screaming

  • Jacqueline Burns

    Rachel Mason, president of SALSA, said her organization stands in solidarity with SJP and its demands to remove the Meir display, because they support “the attitude of not being complacent with oppression in any capacity.” Really? But she clearly has no problem with Muslim oppression of Jews & Christians in Arabic countries or Muslim attacks on them overseas. I believe this is called hypocrisy!

    • ONLYME

      and shiites and sunnis and alawites and …
      it’s an excuse no a reason