Loyola U. Chicago suspends, then reinstates anti-Israel group

Ahmad Abuleil waves a Palestinian flag as he leads Amira Sakalla, head of University of Tennessee Students for Justice In Palestine, and others in a march in Knoxville, Tenn. on Friday, July 18, 2014 (photo credit: AP/Knoxville News Sentinel, Megan Boehnke)

Ahmad Abuleil waves a Palestinian flag as he leads Amira Sakalla, head of University of Tennessee Students for Justice In Palestine, and others in a march in Knoxville, Tenn. on Friday, July 18, 2014 (photo credit: AP/Knoxville News Sentinel, Megan Boehnke)

Loyola University Chicago suspended and subsequently reinstated its chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine.

The action followed an anti-Israel protest this month by the SJP chapter that blocked an event promoting Birthright Israel.

According to a statement released by Loyola, the university informed the chapter on Sept. 19 that it was “temporarily prevented from hosting any on-campus activities or events until their leadership meets with University representatives and the group complies with stated policies and procedures that apply to all student organizations.”

After meetings with university officials on Sept. 25 and 26, the group was allowed to resume its activities.

In a protest on Sept. 9, SJP members lined up in front of a table manned by Hillel students promoting Birthright Israel trips. A student news website, The College Fix, quoted Hillel chapter president Talia Sobel as recounting that students from SJP asked Hillel members, “How does it feel to be an occupier?” and “How does it feel to be guilty of ethnic cleansing?”…

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