UCLA Students Chant Term Referring to Uprising Against Israel

The move follows Hamas calling for global Muslim resistance.

  • Students at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) held a march against Israel.
  • Protestors waved Palestinian flags and chanted “Intifada! Intifada!” an Arabic term for ‘uprising.’
  • The video shows a large crowd marching on campus, many students wearing facemasks, bandanas, and hijabs.
  • The move follows former leader of Hamas Khaled Mashal’s calling for a global Muslim uprising to support Palestine, including the use of Jihad.
  • Mashal said Friday, October 13th is “the Friday of Al-Aqsa flood, a day of general mobilization in our Arab and Islamic world and among the free people of the world. It is a day to rally support, offer aid, and participate actively.”
  • After a number of Harvard University students signed a letter blaming Israel for the attack by Hamas, CEOs from numerous companies asked for the letter, saying they would refuse to hire the signers.
  • “We, the undersigned student organizations, hold the Israeli regime entirely responsible for all unfolding violence,” the letter reads.
  • CEO of EasyHealth David Duel argued companies have a “right to know” who they hire.
  • He said that if the students “want to continue calling for the genocide of the Jewish people, then their employers, their friends, and their neighbors should have a right to know that they harbor these beliefs.”
  • “My family fled their homeland of Iran,” he added. “They were Jews and they had to leave during the revolution. I was not raised to take my freedoms for granted. I’m a student of history and know how tenuous our security and safety could be in the history of Jewish people and my parents’ journey shows me that clearly.”
  • American Faith reported on Friday that Israel’s military has issued an evacuation directive for approximately 1 million residents of northern Gaza.
  • Jonathan Conricus, an Israeli military spokesperson, assured that every possible effort will be made to “avoid harming civilians” and reiterated that residents can return post-war.
  • However, Israel’s Defense Minister, Yoav Gallant, in a joint press meeting with U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, highlighted the challenges, saying, “The camouflage of the terrorists is the civil population. Therefore, we need to separate them. So those who want to save their life, please go south.”
  • The U.N. has voiced concerns about this large-scale movement, cautioning that such a massive displacement—representing nearly half of Gaza’s populace—could lead to catastrophic outcomes.