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UC Berkeley: Jewish Students Forced to Evacuate through Tunnel by Violent Mob

Jewish students at UC Berkeley were forced to evacuate a theater on campus as a mob of anti-Israel protestors violently stormed a pro-Israel event Monday night, February 26. The event, ‘Israel at War: Combat the Lies,’ featured Ran Bar-Yoshafat, an IDF reservist who served in Gaza during the current war.

Several hundred protestors chanted “Intifada! Intifada!” while banging on the doors of the Zellerbach Playhouse. At one point, a glass door was shattered by the protestors.

Jewish media reported that multiple students were injured during the incident, including a young woman who was hurt while attempting to hold a door shut while the protestors attempted to break in.

One student said that she saw a girl being grabbed by the neck and shoved by the angry mob. Another Jewish student said he was called a “dirty Jew” and spat at.

Due to the violent protestors, security guards ordered the event attendees to evacuate via underground tunnels out of the building for their safety. The violent protest was held by Bears for Palestine, a local affiliate of the Students for Justice in Palestine movement. (INN / VFI News)

“God, we pray for the Jewish students experiencing violence, antisemitism, and hate crimes. We ask that You deliver them, protect them, and help them heal from such horrifying attacks. We pray for a united international stance against antisemitism and we hope that hateful attacks will not be tolerated any longer, but will be dealt with accordingly by each country’s justice system.”