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Temple U student punched, called ‘kike’ by SJP members

(JNS.org) A student at Philadelphia’s Temple University was punched in the face and called anti-Semitic slurs by members of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) on Aug. 20. Daniel Vessal, a campus fellow of the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) and a member of the Jewish fraternity AEPi, was assaulted during “Templefest,” an annual event for students to gain information about various campus clubs. He was called a “kike” and a “baby killer.”

Vessal told TruthRevolt that he approached the SJP table at the event “to see what angle they were coming from.”  “I said, ‘Listen, you shouldn’t be protesting Israel – if anything, protest the terrorists,’” said Vessal. “This one girl sitting at the end of the table was just laughing and laughing at me,” he continued. “As she was laughing at me, people at the table were calling me a ‘baby killer.’ I said when she stops then maybe we could have a genuinely peaceful conversation. And then this kid just rocks me in the face as hard as he can. My glasses flew off.”

Police briefly detained the student who threw the punch, but then released him.

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