Australian university student magazine editor fired for writing ‘Death to Israel’

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JTA — The University of Adelaide student union fired an editor of its campus student magazine after she called for “death to Israel” in an article last month.

In a statement on Tuesday, the governing body of YouX, the university’s student body, said “the recent public conduct of Habibah Jaghoori would be reasonably perceived by any impartial person as a threat to the well-being of students. of our university.

Jaghoori, editor of On Dit, the campus student magazine, concluded an August 4 article with the phrase “Death to Israel.” The article was inspired by last month’s three-day conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip. The conflict has killed nearly 50 Palestinian civilians.

YouX’s statement indicates that it was not the article that caused Jaghoori to be fired. His removal was “specifically related to his conduct and behavior since the article was published”, he said.

“Despite numerous opportunities to clarify her position and dispel any misinterpretations, she has continued to use language in public forums that can be clearly interpreted as supporting actions that could threaten student well-being,” said the Student Council.

It was unclear which public forums YouX was referring to, but pro-Israel blogger Israelly Cool posted a video of a student union meeting in which Jaghoori repeatedly said “death to Israel” and laughed as he said when he was challenged by Jewish students who said they found him threatening.

The Australasian Union of Jewish Students welcomed the decision. “Calling for violence and death rather than peace, dialogue and constructive criticism of Israel, rightly has no place on the college campus,” he said.

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