Aggressive posture of anti-Israel activists on campus.
We previously posted video of anti-Israel protesters getting in the face (literally) of pro-Israel students at Cornell who were holding counter-protest signs, Cornell Pro-Israel students taunted: “F**k You Zionist scums”.
The incident depicted in the prior video actually was the second incident of the day, I have learned.
Prior to that confrontation, Ilan Kaplan, a Cornell student on leave but who is still active in the Cornell Jewish community, alleges he was accosted as he held a sign, had his sign torn out of his hands, had water thrown on him, and was threatened. Here is my interview with Kaplan:
The short clip in the video of a woman yelling “[inaudible] anything else, I swear to God I will fucking slap you” is the only video I have been able to locate of that first incident. The student who filmed the clip told me that she thought her phone was recording the whole time, but it wasn’t.
Both the student who made the recording and Kaplan identified the woman as kat yang-stevens, the same non-student Ithaca activist in the prior video who taunted a pro-Israel student. See video at bottom of post. (She had pulled a similar move on me last spring). She was accompanied by a male student member of SJP and a non-student (Amanda Lickers, the one who shouted “Fuck You Zionist Scums” in the earlier video.)
Here is a screen capture of Kaplan being confronted:
Cornell declined to comment because the matter is under investigation.
This incident reflects the aggressive posture of SJP and its allies on campuses nationwide, which often includes outside non-student agitators and activists.
The confrontational nature of anti-Israel protests appears to be by design, part of a strategy of disruptive “direct action,” whether dorm stormings, disrupting speakers or taking over student government offices. At some point, such direct actions cross a line, as they did at Cornell.
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