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Palestine News & Info Agency: Anti-Palestinian Hate Crime at UA Mock Wall

March 29, 2011- Students at the University of Arizona made history last week by erecting the largest mock apartheid wall in the US to divide their campus for ten days.

Their aim was to cast light on the Israeli occupation of Palestine and US border enforcement policies targeting migrants and indigenous peoples. They had hoped to avoid any harm to the display, but those hopes were at once dashed to pieces in a shocking act of racist violence and vandalism over the weekend.

In the early morning hours of Saturday, Officer J. Cotton of the University of Arizona Police Department (UAPD) called in a report that the entire Palestinian-represented section of the mock wall was violently uprooted and strewn across the roadway of 3rd Street in a mesh of loose barbed wire and steel barriers.

The act followed numerous threats leveled against the wall and against the organizers throughout the week.

Bryan James Gordon, co-coordinator of AZ Jewish Voice for Peace and a Linguistics and Anthropology graduate student, witnessed an unidentified man who was irate over the material on the Palestine portion and threatened to “tear down” the wall if the students didn’t do it first.

“It’s pretty clear which element was responsible for this act of violence,” stated Gordon. “I don’t believe it was Minutemen, I don’t believe it was College Republicans, it was those motivated out of silencing the Palestinian voice or voices that present the Palestinian narrative. And we consider it a hateful act. The institutional response to call this act a ‘hate crime’ would be swift, indeed, if it the target was an exhibit about anti-Semitism.”



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