Student Group’s ‘Palestine & Black America’ Event Features Reading From Terrorist Leader


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A Pennsylvania student group is hosting a “Palestine & Black America” event at an Episcopal church on Saturday and will feature a reading from a terrorist leader.

“Palestine & Black America: A Strategy for Liberation” will be hosted by Temple University’s Students for Justice in Palestine chapter, reported The Algemeiner.

“Temple Students for Justice in Palestine and the Saturday Free School are collaborating to forge a new path for world peace and freedom,” the group said on its Facebook event page. “Join us for an afternoon of producing knowledge for liberation and the celebration of intercivilizational [sic] unity anchored in the Palestinian and Black Radical Traditions!”

More than 50 individuals have indicated they will be attending the event, as of press. Event attendees will read works by Black Panther Party co-founder Huey P. Newton and Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) secretary general Ahmad Sa’adat.

The United States government lists the PFLP, established in 1967 by Palestinian nationalists, as a terrorist organization. The group murdered nearly 110 individuals, including children, with nine suicide bombings during the Second Intifada in Israel and killed a police officer and five worshipers in a Jerusalem synagogue in 2014. (RELATED: Pro-Palestinian Students Disrupt Vote To Pull Out Of Companies Supporting Israel [VIDEO])

Temple’s SJP chapter does not brand the PFLP as “terrorist” in its event description.

A university spokesman said the group “has neither requested nor received funds” for “Palestine & Black America: A Strategy for Liberation.”

Temple University’s Students for Justice in Palestine chapter did not respond immediately to a request for comment. It has, however, previously expressed support for PFLP by posting a picture of the group’s late founder, George Habash, accompanied by the statement “as long as you are still fighting in defense of your dignity and for your occupied land, all is well,” on the anniversary of the leader’s death.

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