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    Scottish University Student Guilty of Anti-Israel Racism

    (JTA) -- A university student in Scotland was found guilty of racism after insulting a fellow student's Israeli flag, and he was expelled from St. Andrews University.

    The student, Paul Donnachie, 19, reportedly told an exchange student from Yeshiva University in New York that Israel was a terrorist state and the flag was a terrorist symbol. He then put his hands down his pants and then rubbed them on the small flag hanging on the wall, the BBC reported.

    The flag had been a gift to the Jewish student, Chanan Reitblat, from his brother, a soldier in the Israel Defense Forces, according to the report.

    Donnachie, a member of the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign, said he would appeal Tuesday's ruling.

    "This is a ridiculous conviction," he said, according to the BBC. "I'm a member of anti-racism campaigns, and I am devastated that as someone who was fought against racism I have been tarnished in this way."

    A second student, Samuel Colchester, 20, was acquitted due to insufficient evidence. He was suspended from the university for one year.
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    Here is some more recent news on the story.
    Paul Donnachie, 19, has been sentenced to 150 hours for putting his hands down his trousers before rubbing them on Jewish student Chanan Reitblat's flag.

    Donnachie also accused Mr Reitblat of being a terrorist during the incident at the halls of residence in March.

    Donnachie was also ordered to pay Mr Reitblat £300 in compensation.

    The student was earlier expelled from St Andrews University.

    Outside the court Donnachie stood with pro-Palestinian campaigners who had defaced Israeli flags with red paint.

    Cupar Sheriff Court had earlier heard evidence from Mr Reitblat, a chemistry student on a one-term exchange from the Jewish Yeshiva University in New York, who said he felt "violated and devastated" by the incident.

    Presiding Sheriff Charles Macnair said it was "perfectly legitimate" to have a view on Israel, and perfectly legitimate to carry out political protest, but Donnachie's behaviour had done nothing to help his point of view, and had only harmed it.

    He said: "The part of your behaviour which I find most serious was that you described Mr Reitbalt as a terrorist.


    Chanan Reitblat said he felt "violated and devastated" "It is equivalent to saying all Muslims are terrorists, and that's wholly unacceptable."

    Sentencing Donnachie, now living in Blackpool, he said: "You had far too much to drink, and went way beyond the way you would have behaved if you hadn't been drunk."

    He said the incident was "too serious" to deal with by simply a fine, but said he had taken account of the devastating effect the incident had on Donnachie's academic career.

    The court heard that Mr Reitblat, not an Israeli but an American citizen who had fled oppression in communist Lithuania as a child, had pinned the flag up after being given it by his brother who was in the Israeli Defence Force.

    Donnachie claimed his behaviour, though "not dignified", had been a "legitimate, if misguided, form of political protest".

    He insisted he had not meant to cause offence.

    Samuel Colchester, 20, living in Andrew Melville Hall, St Andrews, and Donnachie had both denied acting in a racially aggravated manner in the incident at the the halls in Links Crescent.

    Mr Colchester was found not guilty last month following claims he had urinated in Mr Reitblat's sink.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotlan...-fife-14897612.

    has been sentenced to 150 hours for putting his hands down his trousers before rubbing them on Jewish student Chanan Reitblat's flag.
    and that's what we get for having an opinion in a world of "tolerance". Disgusting.

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    More fuel for the fire!
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    In London the mudlisms burned the American flag on 9/11 day.

    Why it isn't a hate crime when the mudlisms do it?
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    This is downright ridiculous. It's not racism when a non-white does it, but as soon as a white does it, it's immediately racist. Gods above.... -sigh-

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    The irony! Hopefully this will make him start to see the error of his ways and one days comes to understand the truth "racism". Who knows, maybe one day he'll even join Skadi...

    Can't tell you how many times I've felt "violated and devastated" by the things multiculturalism has done to me... where's my compensation?

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    So which is it,Anti-Israel or racism?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dead Eye View Post
    So which is it,Anti-Israel or racism?
    Neither; it's the same old worn-out story and call to arms: the overly-used, much-annoying jew whine.


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    Quote Originally Posted by original report
    that Israel was a terrorist state and the flag was a terrorist symbol
    Quote Originally Posted by follow up report
    Donnachie also accused Mr Reitblat of being a terrorist



    However, I still wonder, considering that the flying of British (and probably Scottish) flags is deemed offensive meanwhile, why an exchange student is allowed to pin an Israel flag into a public schooling building? How insulting is that to pin an Israel flag under the nose of Scottish students and all those other exchange students and students of foreign origin in our multikultist wonderlands? Indeed, in such an environment it is not at all wrong to consider the display of an Israel flag not only offensive, but in fact a terrorist act. Of course, pointing that out is a criminal offense. But everyone having followed the incident will be a bit more waken up to what's going on.
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