Yesterday, Georgetown’s pro-Israel student group, Georgetown Israel Alliance, stirred controversy when they posted on Twitter about the race riots in Israel targeted at Sudanese and Somalian asylum seekers. In their Twitter, @Hoyas4Israel, the group said: “Israel! Be nicer to those Africans we’re murdering, maiming, and raping in Somalia and Sudan. Yours always, the freedom-loving Arab world.” Within the next few hours, several students reacted on Facebook and Twitter condemning the inappropriate nature of the post. The group took down the post shortly thereafter.
Initially, GIA responded indignantly. About an hour later the group tweeted: “Slightly surprised at the backlash from pointing out the irony in Al-Jazeera’s damning coverage of African refugees of Arab states in Israel.” The group did not initially feel the comment merited an apology.
Later that night at around 10pm, the group apologized, explained and defended their post in a subsequent five tweets.
The GIA would like to apologize for any offense caused by an earlier tweet. To be clear: the GIA condemns the vicious riots in Tel Aviv. The tweet was merely an expression of our view that Israel is, as often happens, held to an unfair standard on the issue of African refugees. It was also comment on the fact that the refugees themselves have received considerably more attention than the conflicts that spawned them. Nativism in Israel is ugly and should be condemned, but is not unique to Israel in nature or degree. Finally, the situation has been used as an blanket indictment of all Israelis despite the participation of but a tiny minority in the riots. Our comment was written hastily and emotionally and we regret any offense.”
Screenshot by Twitter user @samioj