Maryland Jewish college students react to ‘Holocaust 2.0’ graffiti, Taliban flag showing on campus

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Jewish college students responded to antisemitism on their school campuses, including chants for an “intifada revolution” and “Holocaust 2.0” and “F–k Israel” graffiti on the walkways, which sparked an investigation from the University of Maryland. 

“There is most attention-grabbing one answer. Intifada revolution,” legit-Palestinian college students chanted on Nov. 10. The college responded to the demonstration by denouncing antisemitism.

On the other hand, college students Shayna Leibowitz, Emma Steinhause and Benjamin Blain are considering whether or no longer the college used to be valid giving them lip carrier. Blain’s household member – a 16-year-extinct lady – used to be killed all by device of regarded as one of the Palestinian intifada terrorist attacks in the 2000s and said listening to the chants used to be “moderately demanding.” 

“The college has been understanding, however there hasn’t been movement taken… And if movement is no longer taken, these actions will proliferate and it’ll lead one to one more. And we don’t must must tackle those penalties,” Blain said.


“In regard to the intifada. [UMD has] regarded as one of potentially the most attention-grabbing Jewish communities, with 2,000 Jewish children on this campus. And moderately lots of children right here own assert household members that own been either murdered in the intifada or own grandparents that survived the Holocaust,” he said. 

“My relation is my mother’s first cousin, regarded as one of her cousins used to be murdered, a 16-year-extinct lady sitting in a pizza store all by device of the intifada,” he said. “And [Jewish students] having to tackle sitting of their biology courses, listening to outdoors a total bunch of school students referencing the Closing Resolution, calling for an intifada on UMD campus. It be valid a in actuality heart-broken fact.”

Steinhause described feeling anxious to be on campus. 

“It made me in actuality feel rather anxious on anecdote of that is a call to violence and that has no build of abode on our campus. I’m chuffed for folk to verbalize no matter views they salvage own, however I mediate having any make of call to violence on our campus is unacceptable. And the dearth of admire every make of tackle from the college about that has in actuality anxious me,” Steinhause said. 

The intifadas own been periods spanning years of intensified Palestinian terrorism. The most valuable (87′-93′) is mostly continuously known as “The Intifada of Stones,” where Molotov cocktails, grenades and rocks own been old in opposition to Israelis. 

At some stage in the Second Intifada, Palestinian suicide bombers old increasingly extra highly efficient bombs to rupture bigger numbers of Israelis of their apprehension attacks. Terrorists would consist of shrapnel in the bombs and would dip the fragments in rat poison, an anticoagulant, so the sufferer would own an even bigger probability of bleeding to loss of life, Israeli officials said. 

“As a Jew, I’m indifferent proud to be Jewish and proud to be who I’m. My identification. And I salvage no longer must hide who I’m. On the other hand, I salvage agonize being Jewish on campus in most cases on anecdote of it does build an even bigger aim on our backs or all the things that’s been going on,” Leibowitz said. 

Referring to the “Holocaust 2.0” graffiti, she said, “I roughly valid used to be extra in shock that someone would write one thing admire that. I valid don’t realize how any person may per chance well perchance write that in a public surroundings and mediate it be okay.” 

“We are attentive to the hateful, antisemitic sentiments expressed at on the present time’s demonstration organized by College students for Justice in Palestine. We condemn it in no unsure phrases,” the college said in a assertion. “The offensive actions of just a few may per chance well own to no longer agree with on the overwhelming majority of protesters who own been there to peacefully converse their views, however there is rarely this form of thing as a build of abode for any antisemitic message, habits or movement on the University of Maryland.”


The college also said it launched an investigation and The University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD) has launched an instantaneous investigation and continues to habits true-time risk assessments, announcing, “To blame events will doubtless be held accountable.”

Fox News Digital reached out, asking for the distance of their investigation, however did get a response on that quiz. 

“The health and safety of every member of our campus community remain our very best priorities. There is an increased police presence on our campus with extra excessive-visibility patrols as allotment of the University of Maryland Police Department’s (UMPD) sturdy and comprehensive safety thought. UMPD actively displays circumstances locally and nationally, and remains ready to deploy extra resources if an valuable,” the college said. 

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