Posters depicting summary executions by the Palestinian terror organization Hamas appeared early Sunday around the UCLA campus, including kiosks, fraternity and sorority rows, Royce Hall and the Bruin Bear.
UCLA’s Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), a student-led pro-Palestinian organization that is attempting to get the university regents to boycott, divest and sanction Israel, were upset with the images.
“They rely on Islamophobic and anti-Arab tropes to paint Palestinians as terrorists and to misrepresent Students for Justice in Palestine as anti-Semitic,” SJP wrote in a statement. “As organizers, we are concerned that these acts are an attempt to delegitimize and slander the work that we have done to pass divestment on our campus.”
“Furthermore, defacing school property and intimidating a specific group of students creates a deeply harmful environment that prevents student learning and community-building,” the statement continued. “Coupled with the recent uprise in Islamophobia on a national scale, we are concerned for the safety of our fellow students and student organizers.”
SJP says that UCLA administrators “have confirmed that they are responding to the issue and will be providing updates soon.”
The images show a prisoner with a bag over his heads and shrouded executioners at his side, and a body that was dragged through the streets of Gaza.
Those responsible for the posters told The Daily Caller anonymously that all of the victims depicted in the small posters were accused of supporting Israel. The source referenced stories of those who were tortured and killed by Hamas after aiding Israel.
Seen at UCLA. Posters that basically say @SJPatUCLA = #Hamas. What do you think? pic.twitter.com/LSmEydW5VR
— Jared Sichel (@TheSichel) February 23, 2015