The student magazine of the University of Adelaide, in the state of South Australia, called for the “death of Israel” in an article.
The Aug. 4 On Dit article, written by one of its editors, Habibah Jaghoori, was prompted by last month’s three-day conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group in the Gaza Strip.
“The solution to achieve peace and justice for Palestine is to demand the abolition of Israel,” Jaghoori wrote. “Free Palestine and death to Israel.”
Jewish students on campus told The Adelaide Advertiser that the article created a hostile environment. In a follow-up on Twitter, Jaghoori called for Israel to be “annihilated” and said “Death to America.”
In an email sent to Australian Jewish NewsJaghoori said he was not addressing Jews. “Death to Israel,” he said, means “death to the state, to the IDF war criminal, to the occupations, and to Zionism.”
Jewish organizations called on the university to condemn the article. The Australasian Jewish Student Union said the university should “hold the perpetrators to account.”
In a response to the pro-Israeli blog Israelly Cool, the university declined to directly condemn the article, noting that On Dit had editorial independence.
“Like other higher education institutions, the University of Adelaide’s support for academic freedom and freedom of expression is reflected in its Freedom of Expression Policy,” he said. “However, the University recognizes that there are legal restrictions on freedom of expression, including restrictions on incitement to violence and vilification based on race. The University deplores religious and racial discrimination, including anti-Semitism.”
On Friday, a member of the Australian Parliament announced a new investigation into the ban on neo-Nazi symbols in South Australia, after the Adelaide Holocaust Museum published an image of a group of hooded men giving the Hitler salute outside of your building. The regions of Victoria and New South Wales, where Melbourne and Sydney are located, have already banned Nazi imagery.