Technion blasts student’s Facebook status expressing joy for teens’ murders

"Record...3 goals for the national team despite its absence from the Palestinian World Cup," Arab-Israeli student posts.

July 1, 2014 14:41
1 minute read.
Facebook post that caused stir, July 1, 2014.

Facebook post that caused stir, July 1, 2014.. (photo credit: FACEBOOK)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

An Arab student from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology caused an uproar on social media on Tuesday, when he posted a message to his Facebook page indicating he was happy about the murder of the three Israeli teens.

“Record... 3 goals for the national team despite its absence from the Palestinian World Cup!” he wrote and added a picture of the three murdered teens.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

Technion president Prof. Peretz Lavie chided the “contemptible and despicable” expression.

“We must condemn such statements, which have no place in the discourse between people,” he said.

Lavie added that the university was “determined to review the case thoroughly and take appropriate and firm action against the person who wrote the status.”

He said that the Technion “lowers its head” along with all of Israel’s citizens and participates in the deep mourning of the families of the three victims.

On social media sites, the post went viral and within hours. The Israeli Facebook page “Statusim Metzizim” (“Tweeting Statuses”) picked up on the post and within hours it garnered some 10,000 shares and thousands of angry comments calling on the Technion to expel the student.

“As a student in the Technion, I immediately signed a document calling to expel this abhorrent person from the Technion, and now!” one female student wrote. “If need be, we will get together and yell all over campus until this filth will shamefully leave.”

Though the vast majority of comments reflected this sentiment, there was a small minority who defended the student.

One woman came to the defense of the student, saying, “Unbelievable: Jewish students of medicine, law and all fields, write every day on their Facebook pages and in talkbacks that they are happy that Arabs died in car accidents or natural disasters or by IDF fire or any other reason! Even deaths of Arab children and babies.

“We contacted universities where they study and where they work to ask for a response... oh that’s right, we didn’t, because it is not an item at all,” she wrote.

Related Content

August 31, 2014
Rioting resumes throughout east Jerusalem Saturday night