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Jewish Student Assaulted And Called Racial Slur At Temple University

| by Dominic Kelly

A Jewish student at Temple University was allegedly physically assaulted and called racial slurs by members of a pro-Palestinian group on campus.

According to reports, Daniel Vessal was taking part in “Templefest” which is set up for students to find out about clubs on campus. Vessal reportedly walked by the Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) table and decided to approach them to start a conversation.

“I’m walking down Polett Walk, one of the main walkways through Temple University and I see the SJP table,” Vessal told TruthRevolt. “I go up to them and I really just wanted to see what angle they were coming from. I went up to the table and started talking to them. I said, ‘listen, you shouldn’t be protesting Israel- if anything, protest the terrorists.’”

Vessal says he decided to walk away, but shortly after, he went back to the table to explain his views further.

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“I came back to the table after a little while and explained that the Palestinians have a right to a state just like anyone else but that SJP should come at the right people,” said Vessal. “I said, ‘when Hamas stops sending the rockets, that’s when there can be peace. That’s when we can start.'

"This one girl sitting at the end of the table was just laughing and laughing at me. 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. After a two-second blur I had no clue what had happened. I couldn’t believe the kid actually hit me.”

Vessal says he was punched in the face by one of the students at the table, and as he lay on the ground, someone called him a “kike.” Police showed up and escorted the assailant off campus but didn’t detain him, and Vessal says he doesn’t understand the reason why.

“I don’t understand why after physical assault he just got sent home,” said Vessal. “This was not anti-Israel at all, it was completely anti-Semitic.”

“They allowed a criminal to leave the scene without taking action," said Vessal’s lawyer Michael Wildes.

Temple University says they are currently investigating the incident and are trying to determine if it is considered a hate crime.

“We're hoping to talk to the individual who was struck,” said Temple University spokesman Ray Betzner.

Sources: TruthRevolt, Philly.com, Huffington Post