Sa’ar: Attack on German diplomat in Ramallah, US student protests are ‘two sides of the same terrorist coin’

Sam Sokol is the Times of Israel's political correspondent. He was previously a reporter for the Jerusalem Post, Jewish Telegraphic Agency and Haaretz. He is the author of "Putin’s Hybrid War and the Jews"

Tuesday’s attack on German diplomat Oliver Owcza in the West Bank and student protests against Israel in the United States are both motivated by a desire “to make the Western world abandon Israel,” New Hope chairman Gideon Sa’ar says.

“The violent attacks by students on campuses across the US, and the violence against the European diplomats in Ramallah are two sides of the same terrorist coin,” he tweets in English.

“Their goal is the same: to make the Western world abandon Israel, which represents its values in the region. It is Western moral numbness after the barbarism of October 7 which allows for such outrageous and worrying spectacle.”

On Tuesday, Owcza, the German representative to the Palestinian Authority, was chased out of a Palestinian museum by a crowd of students over his country’s support for Israel.

Jewish students have increasingly said they feel unsafe on US campuses amidst an increase in pro-Palestinian demonstrations.

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