What can we learn from a hostile encounter between students at Cornell University who are Palestinian activists and students who support Israel? One lesson is that students enrolled at an Ivy League school don’t recognize a mass noun when they see one. (The word scum does not take a plural -s.) Another is that those militating on behalf of the Palestinian cause in the Middle East are foul-mouthed cretins.
On November 19, 2014, Cornell Students for Justice in Palestine organized a mock Israeli checkpoint at Ho Plaza, a central student gathering point on campus between the Cornell Bookstore and Willard Straight Hall, where many student activities are centered.
Casey Breznick, Editor in Chief of the Cornell Review and an author at Legal Insurrection, has the story at the Cornell Review Blog of a confrontation that took place when a group of pro-Israel students counter-protested holding Israeli flags and signs calling for peace.
Here is video we put together based on footage provided to us by multiple student sources, showing [kat] yang-stevens … claiming that the student had his camera in her face (which he denies both in the video and also in communications with me), as yang-stevens taunted the pro-Israel student to hit her. As another person shouted out “F**k you, Zionist scums [sic].”
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