Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Northwestern president joins vigil for victims outside convicted terrorist’s campus speech. Rasmea Odeh speaks at event hosted by Students for Justice in Palestine Northwestern.

The Washington Times reports:
Northwestern University president Morton O. Schapiro joined a vigil late Monday for two slain Israeli students outside a forum featuring Rasmea Odeh, who served time for the terrorist attack that killed them.

Slated to be deported for entering the country illegally, Odeh spoke at the invitation of Students for Justice in Palestine Northwestern at an event entitled, “When you come for Rasmea, you come for all of us.”

Photos taken outside her speech at the campus tech institute showed more than 100 people, including Mr. Schapiro, holding candles and photos of Hebrew University students Edward Joffe and Leon Kanner, who were killed in a 1969 terrorist bombing at a Jerusalem supermarket.

“He attended the vigil to show his support for the students who were slain,” said Northwestern spokesman Bob Rowley in an email. “He held a candle in silence with the others, some 120 people, gathered outside. One of the signs at the vigil read, ‘May their memories be for a blessing.’”

Northwestern Hillel, which organized the vigil, said in a statement posted on Legal Insurrection that, “Students for Justice in Palestine chooses to honor Rasmea; we choose to honor her victims.”

“While we respect Students for Justice in Palestine’s right to host programming that presents narratives critical of Israel, bringing a convicted terrorist to our campus is morally disturbing and crosses the line of rational discourse,” said Wildcats for Israel in a statement.
Terrorist Rasmea Odeh is going home.