Activists waving Palestinian flags reportedly heckled Jewish students at the University of California, Davis, and chanted “Allahu Akbar” during a student government vote last week to call on the school to boycott Israel.
The student government resolution passed 8-2 Thursday and formally recommends the university divest from companies who do business with Israel, such as American companies Caterpillar Inc., G4S PLC, Veolia Environment and Raytheon.
Following the vote, a large group of activists shouted “Allahu Akhbar,” meaning “Allah is [the] greatest,” in unison as pro-Israel students filed out of the U.C. Davis meeting room, according to video provided by a pro-Israel student, the Washington Free Beacon reported.
Azka Fayyaz, a member of the U.C. Davis student senate, gleefully posted on Facebook after the vote that “Israel will fall insha’Allah.”
“Hamas & Sharia law have taken over UC Davis,” she boasted alongside a photo taken at the meeting.
One day after the vote, a fraternity house belonging to the Jewish AEPi organization was defaced with two spray-painted swastikas, which police are reportedly investigating as a hate crime.
A university spokesman said the student affairs office and campus police have met with the fraternity to offer support and advice.
When asked about the student senator’s comments, the spokesman said, “Statements by individuals do not reflect a position of the university or the university community as a whole … U.C. Davis is built on a foundation of tolerance and inclusion, and we have an obligation to treat each other with respect and dignity even when we disagree,” the Free Beacon reported.
School Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi also said in a statement that last week’s vote “does not reflect the position of U.C. Davis or the University of California system.”
Still, Noah Pollak, executive director of the Emergency Committee for Israel, says the events last week at the university highlight the danger posed to campuses by the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
“BDS activism, anti-Semitism, swastikas, celebration of terror—these things are found together,” he told the Free Beacon. “The U.C. Davis administration should be deeply alarmed that a member of the student senate has openly endorsed Hamas, a U.S.-designated terrorist organization whose charter calls for the murder of Jews worldwide.”