By Eliana Rudee, Originally published in the Washington Examiner
During a week-long anti-Israel demonstration organized by Students for Justice in Palestine, SJP erected a model separation barrier on campuses across North America. The symbolic wall is riddled with anti-Israel slogans, drawings, and falsehoods. Each section of the barrier is intended to portray the injustices that Palestinians face, each one placing blame on the Jewish State.
Meanwhile, Palestinians in the Yarmouk refugee camp in southern Damascus are being beheaded and slaughtered by militants of the Islamic State.
According to Haaretz, “more than 1,000 Palestinians have been killed since the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, took over about 90 percent of the camp in the last week” – an act which Ahmed Tibi, an Israeli-Arab Member of the Knesset, rightly called a “crime against humanity.” According to the United Nations, around 18,000 civilians remain trapped in the camp.
But of course, this massacre did not appear on SJP’s wall. The protection of Palestinian lives is an afterthought for a group whose main goal is to delegitimize Israel, and in a world where other governments demonstrably value Palestinian lives far less.