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‘PURE HATE’: Jewish students discuss life in wake of Israel war

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Jewish students in the Boston area said they’re “stunned” by anti-Israeli sentiment being shared across the country.

“I’m not scared,” said Zev, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology student who previously lived in Israel, of the environment in Massachusetts. But “we’re aware of the animosity and the pure hate that exists.”

About 200 students and community members from Boston-area colleges gathered at MIT Tuesday night for a vigil supporting Israel. People lit candles, sang and shared stories.

Another student from Israel said he felt safe being in the U.S. but was discouraged by some of the rhetoric from university students and pro-Palestine demonstrators.

“They’re thinking they’re supporting Palestine, but it’s not really supporting Palestine ’cause they’re supporting terrorists,” Yossi said. “This is not about freedom of speech. It’s about the freedom of hate.”

‘IT’S ABOUT THE FREEDOM OF HATE’: JEWISH STUDENTS RESPOND TO PRO-PALESTINIAN GROUPS

Jewish students discuss life in wake of Israel war Video

“There should be no justification. There is no moral equivalence to what happened,” he added. “This is not decolonization. This is terrorism and mass murder.”

To hear more from Boston-area students, click here.

Isabelle McDonnell contributed to the accompanying video.

Kassy Dillon is a reporter for Digital Originals. You can reach her at kassy.dillon@fox.com and follow her on Twitter at @kassydillon.

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