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Jewish NYU student shames fellow law school students for vowing ‘death to Israel’

A Jewish New York University student is slamming his law school classmates for repeated declarations of anti-Semitism and calls for violence against Israel.

Tal Fortgang, voicing his concerns Sunday on Bari Weiss’ SubStack, accused his colleagues and multiple student groups of pushing a ‘supremacy narrative’ which has linked the creation of the Jewish state in Israel to white supremacy. 

‘To the Students for Justice in Palestine, who explained: “Zionism is, by design, an ideology that promotes violence against, and hatred and delegitimization of Palestinians. Embedded in the Zionist supremacy narrative is the orientalist, Islamophobic idea that Azkenazi [sic] Jewish whiteness is fundamentally superior to Palestinian lives, culture, and identity”: thank you,’ Fortgang wrote.

‘To the dozen NYU student groups that signed on to their statement defending terrorist attacks on Israeli civilians because “People living under occupation have a right to resist their violent occupation,” and bemoaned the “Zionist grip on the media”: thank you.’

The author personally called out a classmate, Yosi Badie, for a tweet that he believed was vowing ‘death to Israel’. 

In May 2021 she wrote: ‘“my love language is marg bar israel”’. The tweet refers to the Persian phrase ‘Marg bar Amrika’, which translates as ‘Death to America.’ 

Fortgang’s blog post comes amid the ongoing conflict between Palestine and Israel. Last week at least 152 Palestinians were injured in clashes with Israeli riot police inside Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound.

Analysts allege the confrontations at the Al-Aqsa compound pose the risk of a relapse into a broader conflagration like last year’s Gaza war. 

NYU Law Student Tal Fortgang accused the media and multiple student groups of pushing a a ‘supremacy narrative’ when talking about Zionism

The author personally called out a classmate, Yosi Badie, for a tweet that he believed was vowing 'death to Israel'

The author personally called out a classmate, Yosi Badie, for a tweet that he believed was vowing ‘death to Israel’

Fortgang’s frustration-fueled diatribe also criticized multiple NYU Law students for allegedly silencing and mocking Jewish students.

‘To my law school classmate who tweeted, “my love language is marg bar [death to] Israel”: thank you,’ he wrote, linking to Badie’s Twitter thread.

Although Badie does not appear to be the tweet’s original author.

She claims, in the thread, that she was reported to NYU for retweeting a post by Maryam Mikaniki, known online as @mikamary. 

Mikaniki’s tweets, however, are protected, meaning only her followers can see her posts. 

The law student, after seemingly noticing Mikaniki’s tweet was not visible to the public, tweeted in quotations: ‘my love language is marg bar israel’.

Badie did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment. 

Badie claims, in the thread, that she was reported to NYU for retweeting a post by Maryam Mikaniki

Badie claims, in the thread, that she was reported to NYU for retweeting a post by Maryam Mikaniki

The law student, after seemingly noticing Mikaniki's tweet was not visible to the public, tweeted in quotations: 'my love language is marg bar israel'

The law student, after seemingly noticing Mikaniki’s tweet was not visible to the public, tweeted in quotations: ‘my love language is marg bar israel’

Fortgang also cited an instance in which a first-year law student allegedly said ‘Quiet, you baby’ when a Jewish student ‘pleaded for a bit of sympathy’.

The author claims a third-year student mocked her Jewish classmates when they allegedly begged their friends for ‘reassurance’ that they would ‘condemn’ the firing of automatic weapons at unarmed civilians.

‘You don’t condemn an earthquake or a lethal outbreak of flu,’ the student mockingly told her colleagues, according to Fortgang.

He also alleged his fellow NYU students ‘lecture their Jewish classmates’ that the Zionism movement is a ‘racist, imperialist, white supremacist ideology, not a religious movement’.

‘And those others who insist that Israelis’ sense of victimhood is “delusional” because Israel “colonized Palestinian land”: I thank you,’ Fortgang added. 

Fortgang also alleged his fellow NYU students 'lecture their Jewish classmates' that the Zionism movement is a 'racist, imperialist, white supremacist ideology, not a religious movement'

Fortgang also alleged his fellow NYU students ‘lecture their Jewish classmates’ that the Zionism movement is a ‘racist, imperialist, white supremacist ideology, not a religious movement’

Additionally, the aspiring attorney called out specific NYU student groups that he believes reaffirmed that ‘Palestinians are not obligated to engage in racialized “nonviolence” theory’.

Among the accused organizations were the Black Allied Law Students Association, Middle Eastern Law Students Association, National Lawyers Guild, Law Students for Economic Justice, Muslim Law Students Association, The Coalition on Law & Representation and Disability Allied Law Students Association.

DailyMail.com has contacted the student groups for comment.

Fortgang alleged that the aforementioned groups and students have perpetrated a narrative of ‘Jew-hatred’ at one of America’s ‘best law schools’ where ‘about a quarter of the students are Jews’.

‘All of you have done more than I ever could to convince my fellow Jews that the left doesn’t just have a Corbyn problem or a Tlaib problem or a Farrakhan problem. It has a big, fat Jew-hatred problem right in its ideological core,’ he wrote.

‘Thank you for starting one of those “courageous conversations” we’re always supposed to have. This one not about gender or systemic racism or climate change, but about the burning debate over whether it is fantastic or merely acceptable that innocent Jews are being murdered in Israel.’

Badie shares a thread on Twitter where she and three other NYU students are accused of anti-Semitisim

Badie shares a thread on Twitter where she and three other NYU students are accused of anti-Semitisim

An April 2022 Twitter post calls on NYU students to support Palestinian resistance and liberation

An April 2022 Twitter post calls on NYU students to support Palestinian resistance and liberation

Fortgang published the Substack post just over a week after Palestinian and Israeli forces clashed at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem on April 15, leaving more than 150 Palestinians injured.

Most of the Palestinian injuries were incurred from rubber bullets, stun grenades and beatings with police batons, the Palestine Red Crescent said, at the most sensitive site in the generations-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Israeli security forces have been on high alert after a series of deadly Arab street attacks throughout the country over the past two weeks. Confrontations at the Al-Aqsa compound in Jerusalem’s walled Old City pose the risk of a relapse into a broader conflagration like last year’s Gaza war.

The Al-Aqsa compound sits atop the Old City plateau of East Jerusalem, which was captured by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war, and is known to Muslims as al-Haram al-Sharif, or The Noble Sanctuary, and to Jews as Temple Mount.

Tensions this year have been heightened in part by Ramadan coinciding with the Jewish celebration of Passover.

In a statement, Israeli police said hundreds of Palestinians hurled firecrackers and stones at their forces and toward the nearby Jewish prayer area of the Western Wall in the Old City after Ramadan morning prayers.

Fortgang published the SubStack post just over a week after Palestinian and Israeli forces clashed at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem on April 15, leaving more than 150 Palestinians injured. Israeli security forces are pictured immobilizing a Palestinian man at an entrance to the al-Aqsa mosque on April 15

Fortgang published the SubStack post just over a week after Palestinian and Israeli forces clashed at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem on April 15, leaving more than 150 Palestinians injured. Israeli security forces are pictured immobilizing a Palestinian man at an entrance to the al-Aqsa mosque on April 15

Palestinians clean the al-Aqsa mosque on the compound known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as the Temple Mount following clashes with Israeli security forces on April 15

Palestinians clean the al-Aqsa mosque on the compound known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as the Temple Mount following clashes with Israeli security forces on April 15

It said police then entered the Al-Aqsa compound to “disperse and push back (the crowd and) enable the rest of the worshippers to leave the place safely.” adding that three officers were injured in the clashes.

Police detained hundreds of Palestinians, a spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said in a tweet.

‘We are working to restore calm, on the Temple Mount and across Israel. Alongside that, we are preparing for any scenario and the security forces are ready for any task,’ Bennett said.

Egypt, Qatar and the United Nations stepped up their mediation between Palestinian factions – led by the Islamist group Hamas, which runs Gaza – and Israel in a bid to prevent further escalation of violence, a Palestinian official told Reuters.

Hamas demanded that Israel frees nearly 500 people it had detained on Friday, stop ‘provocative visits’ to Al-Aqsa mosque by Jewish groups, and end military incursions into West Bank cities.

In a sign of lowering tensions, Israel released all but 100 of those detained, Palestinians said.

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry, referring to the violence in the holy compound, said it ‘holds Israel fully and directly responsible for this crime and its consequences.’ 

Last year, there were nightly clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police during the Muslim fasting month. Threats of Palestinian displacement in East Jerusalem and police raids at Al-Aqsa helped ignite an 11-day Israel-Gaza war that killed more than 250 Palestinians in Gaza and 13 people in Israel.

Since last month, Israeli forces have killed 29 Palestinians in the course of carrying out raids in the West Bank after Palestinian assailants killed 14 Israelis in a string of attacks in Israeli cities.

Al-Aqsa is the third holiest site in Islam and also revered by Jews as the location of two ancient temples.

Palestinian medics evacuate a person wounded in clashes between protesters and Israeli police at the Al Aqsa Mosque compound on April 15

Palestinian medics evacuate a person wounded in clashes between protesters and Israeli police at the Al Aqsa Mosque compound on April 15

Israeli police move behind riot shields during clashes with Palestinian protesters at the Al Aqsa Mosque compound on April 15

Israeli police move behind riot shields during clashes with Palestinian protesters at the Al Aqsa Mosque compound on April 15

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