- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A keynote speaker at an anti-Israel event hosted by Tufts University used the N-word several times to describe Palestinians in their fight against “apartheid” Israel.

Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) held their national conference at the Boston-area college, featuring training workshops in “direct action” and speeches from leading anti-Israel activists, the Washington Free Beacon reported.

Keynote speaker Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou said Friday night that he was hit with “a simple truth” when he visited Palestine in 2012.

“I was there for about 15 minutes and I got it: Y’all are n—. That’s part of what it means to be a Palestinian in the context of Israeli apartheid,” he said, receiving applause, the Free Beacon reported.

“Part of the understanding, a framework for understanding the ways in which Palestinians and African-Americans exist in the same way is to be invited into a kind of [inaudible] community of n—,” Mr. Sekou added. “In this context, Palestinians are very much n—.

“In Palestine,” he continued, “I responded physically in my body to the [Israel Defense Forces] the same way I would respond to the [New York City Police Department], that my body responded that way because I fundamentally understood the level of repression that Palestinians were living under was very similar” to minority communities in the United States, the Free Beacon reported.

A Tufts spokeswoman defended the SJP conference as part of a “robust exchange of ideas” that “can be challenging and uncomfortable,” the Free Beacon reported.

On Saturday, the conference held an afternoon workshop on “planning effective, powerful, and creative direct action.”

“Direct Action arrives at the height of a campaign when all other means of escalation have been utilized,” the program said. “It is a last resort tactic that maximizes student pressure and demands attention from all stakeholders.”

The pro-Israel group StandWithUs told the Free Beacon that at least one member of SJP’s national steering committee has publicly supported Hamas.

Another keynote speaker, Mohammad Desai, has also reportedly advocated violence against Jews.

The Jerusalem Post reported last year that Mr. Desai supported activists who were caught chanting “kill the Jews” during a protest.

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