Philadelphia – “Temple Fest” is marketed as your “first taste of Temple” to students as they settle in for the upcoming academic year. But for one student checking out campus organizations and activities, his first taste was an act of anti-Semitism—a punch to the head, alleged anti-Semitic slurs and a trip to the hospital.
First reported by Franklin Center for Government & Integrity contributor Daniel Mael on Truthrevolt.org, Daniel Vessal was “punched in the face by a violent member of the anti-Israel organization SJP (Students for Justice in Palestine). “
Vessal claims he approached the SJP table to “see what angle they were coming from,” and began a dialogue. He told his fellow students working the booth, “You shouldn’t be protesting Israel; if anything, protest the terrorists.”
“This one girl sitting at the end of the table was just laughing and laughing at me,” Vessal explained, “and people at the table were calling me a ‘baby killer.’” He responded that when they were done laughing, “maybe we could have a genuinely peaceful conversation.”
He continued, “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 this kid actually hit me.”