Australia: Head of student magazine fired for writing ‘Death to Israel’

JTA – The University of Adelaide Student Union has fired the editor of the campus’ student magazine after she called for the “death of Israel” in an article last month.

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

Habibah Jaghoori, Editor-in-Chief One says, the campus student magazine, concluded its August 4 article with the words “the death of 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 dismissal. His dismissal was “specifically related to his behavior and conduct since the publication of the article,” the statement said.

“Despite numerous opportunities to clarify her position and dispel any misinterpretations, she continued to use language in public forums that could clearly be interpreted as supporting actions that could jeopardize the well-being of students,” the student council said.

It was not 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 repeatedly repeats the words “death to Israel” and smirks when Jewish students challenge him to say: they find it threatening .

The Australian Union of Jewish Students welcomed the move. “Calls for violence and death instead of peace, dialogue and constructive criticism of Israel have no place on a college campus,” she said.

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