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The Tufts Daily
Where you read it first | Sunday, June 16, 2024

Flashback Friday: Students protest anti-Semitic speech, 1992

In April 1992, when Dr. Khalid Abdul Muhammed, the special assistant to Nation of Islam leaderLouis Farrakhan, came to Tufts to talk about the relationship between Israel and South Africa, a rally of over 200 people from Tufts Hillel, Tufts Israel Network and other members of the Tufts community was organized in protest of his speech. According to a April 27, 1992 article in the Daily, the event had drawn considerable controversy several weeks before, as some students claimed that Muhammed had made hateful and anti-Semitic statements in his previous speeches, while others supported his calls of black self-empowerment and unity. The article also noted that the protest was followed by a Tufts Community Union vote to condemn the anti-Jewish portion of his speech.