Jewish students banned from anti-Israel university address

Friday, June 19, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff

Jewish students at Haifa University were outraged on Wednesday when staff informed them they would be barred from attending a lecture by the controversial leader of the Islamic Movement in northern Israel.

As expected, Islamic Movement director Sheikh Raed Salah delivered a venom-filled rant against Israel, and openly identified himself with the Jewish state's enemies.

Salah urged the Muslim students who came to hear him to welcome death rather than ever compromise with the Jews over matters such as control of Jerusalem.

Salah also sought to incite further Arab Muslim hate against the Jewish state by claiming that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is digging tunnels under Jerusalem Temple Mount with the aim of collapsing the mosques that currently occupy the compound and replacing them with a new Jewish temple.

Outside the auditorium, hundreds of Jewish students clashed with security officers in protest over the absurd spectacle of Jewish students being barred from an anti-Israe speech in Israel.

Waving large Israeli flags, the students chanted: "This is not Tehran!"

University officials said they had not wanted to let Salah speak, and had prevented him from doing so at the school for many years. But university lawyers said they could no longer legally justify the refusal of Muslim students' requests to have the Islamic leader lecture at the institution.

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