San Diego state University sends out newsletter promoting terror violence against Jews
San Diego, CA – The Women’s Resource Center at San Diego State University apologized on Thursday for sharing an image of an armed Palestinian hijacker, calling it “disrespectful to members of our Jewish community.”
The image, included in a May 8th newsletter that has since been retracted, depicted Leila Khaled, who helped seize two planes in Europe in 1969 and 1970 on behalf of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), holding an AK-47 assault rifle. It was accompanied by the text, “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.”
The slogan has been used by Islamist and other Palestinian nationalist groups to refer to the establishment of an Arab state in the territory between the Jordan River and Mediterranean Sea, in place of Israel.
In a campus-wide email on Thursday, the WRC, which aims to support “women identified students on campus and [engage] SDSU in feminist dialogues”, said the “image and its implied framing are harmful and hateful toward members of our Jewish community and counter to our values of encouraging and promoting a safe, supportive and inclusive environment.”
“The image and what it represents is counter to our own values as well as San Diego State University’s values, which appreciate, honor and respect our individual and collective diversity,” the message continued.
SDSU also condemned the image in a separate statement on Thursday, and said “the university has imposed additional protocols with center staff to help ensure that this does not occur in the future.”