PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA: Tara Tarawneh, a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania, was arrested Nov. 4 for allegedly stealing an Israeli flag from the storefront of a Campus Apartments building near the Ivy League campus.
According to the Daily Pennsylvanian, the incident took place on the evening of October 28. Vice President for Public Safety Kathleen Shields Anderson said Penn police responded to a call about the theft at the property.
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After investigation, they identified Tarawneh as the suspect, who surrendered.
A statement from Anderson read: “After submitting the results of the investigation to the District Attorney’s Office, charges of theft and receiving stolen property were approved against the suspect, who was arraigned on November 5 .”
Tara Tarawneh’s viral speech at a rally
Speaking at an October 28 pro-Palestinian rally in the city center, Taraweh said: “How about the photos of the bulldozer crossing the deadly border? Do you remember this photo? And the many other joyful and powerful images that came from the glorious October 7?
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“I remember feelings so powerful and happy, so confident that victory was close and so tangible. I want you all to keep this feeling in your hearts. Never let go. Channel it through every action you take. Take it to the streets,” she added.
Footage of the speech went viral online, sparking widespread criticism, including from Rep. Ritchie Torres, who wrote: “This is not a patient at a mental hospital. He is a student at a Ivy League.”
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A UPenn student is seen speaking fondly of the “joyful” images of Israelis massacred on “glorious October 7.”
She felt “happy” when she heard the news of the dead Jews in Israel.
In what appears to be a call for violence, she tells the crowd to “keep this feeling in… pic.twitter.com/pdygANFmtY
— Ritchie Torres (@RitchieTorres) November 6, 2023
UPenn president condemns Tara Tarawneh’s speech
UPenn President Elizabeth Magill acknowledged an increase in anti-Semitic acts on campus, including “swastikas and hateful graffiti” as well as “chanting at rallies,” the New York Post reported. She said they “celebrate and praise the massacre and kidnapping of innocent people, which calls into question Israel’s very right to exist.”
At a meeting in early November, Magill said she was sickened, horrified and angry.
“I personally condemn these hateful – hateful – anti-Semitic acts and comments, which are simply inhumane. And I assure you that Penn has and will investigate any acts of hatred on our campus and will take all necessary actions in accordance with our policies and our laws,” she said.
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