Australia: Student magazine chief fired for writing 'Death to Israel'

Australia: Student magazine chief fired for writing ‘Death to Israel’

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

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

Habibah Jaghoori, editor-in-chief of One says, the campus student magazine, concluded its August 4 article with the words “Death to Israel.” The article was written in the wake of Operation Dawn, a series of three-day battles that took place last month between Israel and the Palestinian terrorist group Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip.

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YouX’s statement clarifies that it was not the article that prompted Jaghoori’s firing. His dismissal was “specifically related to his conduct and behavior since the publication of the article,” the statement 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 welfare,” said the student council.

It wasn’t specified which public forums YouX was referring to, but pro-Israel blogger Israelly Cool posted a video of a student union meeting in which Jaghoori repeats, repeatedly, the words ” death to Israel” and sneers when Jewish students challenge him saying they find it threatening.

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

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