Mourning Independence
Arabs Raise PLO Flags in Hebrew U

Zionist activists confront Arabs and leftist sympathizers for second day in campuses.

Gil Ronen ,

PLO flag at Hebrew University
PLO flag at Hebrew University
Asher Yair Suzin / Im Tirtzu

Zionist activists confronted Arabs and leftist sympathizers in Israeli campuses Tuesday for the second straight day as Arabs marked "Nakba Day" -- literally, Disaster Day -- in which they mourn their failure to annihilate the Jews in the Land of Israel in 1948.

Arabs in the Har Hatzofim campus of Hebrew University waved PLO flags and chanted the PLO battle cry, "with blood and fire we will redeem Palestine."

They were confronted by activists from the grassroots Zionist Im Tirtzu movement, who handed out copies of their booklet – Nakba Harta – which dispels Arab lies about the 1948 War of Independence.

On Monday, hundreds of student activists and protesters showed up in Tel Aviv University to protest the radical left's attempt to mark "Nakba Day" on campus. The demonstrators were led by MKs Michael Ben Ari and Aryeh Eldad (National Union).  

The nationalist activists succeeded in disrupting a leftist ceremony honoring Arab victims of the war in 1948. MK Ben Ari denounced the "hypocrites in the university," which itself sits upon land that belonged to an Arab village, Sheikh Munis. "They dare to lecture us on occupied land? I wish our enemies many more Nakba days," [i.e., many more disasters -- ed.] he declared. "Happy Nakba Day."