We reported previously on Anti-Israel student group suspended at Northeastern for vandalism, intimidation, disruption.

That group was Northeastern Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP).

Ilya Feoktistov has an excellent write-up on the group at FrontPage Mag, including images of its leader, law student Max Geller, wearing a Hezbollah t-shirt and carrying a weapon in the Palestinian Territories.

A rally in support of Northeastern SJP was held on March 18.

The rally was hyped in advance by anti-Israel websites like Mondoweiss and Electronic Intifada, and among branches at SJP at numerous universities. The co-sponsors included a wide range of left-wing groups:

Northeastern SJP Rally Press Release Co Sponsors

The expectation was that there would be a mass rally.

It didn’t turn out that way. There were at most about 200 protesters according to participants.

It’s pretty obvious from photos and video that many if not most of the protesters were not even students, but a coalition of local (and rather aged) activists and some union members with gripes unrelated to Israel:

Calling the President of Northeastern a “Zionist Goon,” as reflected in the video, was bad enough, and was typical of the attacks.

https://twitter.com/conorkelly94/status/445931489898024960

Chanting “Long Live the Intifada” was much worse.  The Second Intifada alone caused the deaths of approximately 1000 Israelis and 3000 Palestinians.

Supporters of Venezuela and the Hugo Chavez socialism agenda were handing out flyers:

Support Venezuela Flyer Northeastern

I guess there’s not going to be an academic boycott by this left-wing coalition of Venezuela, despite the crackdown on students and opposition groups.

 
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