A group of students calling themselves Students for a Free Palestine at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio on Wednesday erected a rather controversial display – a memorial honoring dead Islamic Jihad terrorists among other Palestinians killed in an airstrike.
The pro-Palestine group of college kids described the memorial as a “commemoration of the 34 Palestinians killed by Israeli rocket fire this last week” in a Facebook post that refused to recognize that many of those slain “Palestinians” were Islamic terrorists.
One was confirmed to be Bahaa Abu el-Atta – recognized by the Israeli Defense Forces as the prominent commander of the militant Palestinian Islamic Jihad group.
Here’s a screenshot of the Oberlin group’s Facebook post, featuring pictures of the memorial and its inscription:
The Israeli airstrike that the college students are referring to was one conducted to fight terrorism.
As the IDF explained on Twitter:
What do you think about the students' display?
The New York Post has more to say on this:
Students at Oberlin College created a memorial on the Ohio campus to commemorate the deaths of multiple Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorists, according to reports.
Two student groups who support the end of the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories installed the memorial to remember the 34 Palestinians killed during airstrikes in Gaza earlier this month, the Jerusalem Post reported.
“Oberlin Students for a Free Palestine and Oberlin Jewish Voice for Peace have created this installation to commemorate the lives of these 34 Palestinians who died at the hands of Zionist Settler Colonialism,” a sign at the installation said. “We list the names and ages of those who were lost on each black flag.”
The Israel Defense Forces said the majority of the fatalities were members of terrorist groups, including 25 militants, most of whom were from Palestinian Islamic Jihad, an Iran-backed organization.
The student group’s display didn’t mention the terrorist organization, but some condemned the memorial on social media and called on school officials to take action.
The Blaze added:
The memorial makes no mention of Islamic Jihad
Earlier this month, Israeli Defense Forces fired rockets into the Gaza Strip targeting Islamic terrorists and their operational facilities.
In the aftermath, the IDF confirmed that among the dead was Bahaa Abu el-Atta — known commander of a militant group in Gaza called the Palestinian Islamic Jihad —along with 20 or more other terrorists, "most of them from Islamic Jihad."
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Abu el-Atta a "ticking time bomb" and "the main instigator of terrorism" from the Gaza Strip, responsible for most of the rocket attacks on Israel in the past year, the Associated Press reported.
But Oberlin Students for a Free Palestine made no mention of Islamic Jihad in their memorial display, instead the group highlighted the death of "34 unarmed Palestinian civilians."