Bagels banned by anti-Israel protestors at UCLA

The protestors also demanded vegan, gluten-free, hot food


A US Police officer stands guard as a demonstrator holds a placard reading "Free Palestine" at the pro-Palestinian encampment set up on on the campus of the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) (Credit: ETIENNE LAURENT/AFP via Getty Images)

Bagels have been banned at the pro-Palestine encampment at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Yesterday evening, the anti-Israel encampment at UCLA sent out a list of “urgent” requests asking supporters to donate various items to help them sustain their disobedience. Items include “wood for barricades”, knee and elbow pads, EpiPens, gas masks, utility gloves “especially for small hands”, rope and zip ties.

Along with these items, a Google document posted online by Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at UCLA requests that food donations be “BDS compliant”, and have banned any packaged food, bananas, coffee, nuts, and curiously, bagels.

The Google document also demands vegan, gluten-free food, and “hot food for lunch!!! (IMPORTANT!!)”.

The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement attempts to coordinate boycotts of any product or company linked with Israel.

People took to social media to mock the list of demands. One user commented, “perhaps they should give up their smartphones since most [of] the parts were invented in Israel then, eh?”

Another said, “I’ve ordered 150 bagels with lox and cream cheese to be sent to them”, while another said he had “some leftover boxes of Matzah. Do you think they’d accept them?”

“No nuts! We have plenty of those here already!”, said one person, and “send in the matzah and latkes” said another.

Classes were cancelled on Wednesday after fighting broke out between anti-Israel and pro-Israel groups overnight, and arrests were made. Riot police separated and attempted to disperse the two groups.

Police officers are currently trying to dismantle camps erected by both groups.

The anti-Israel protesters hunkered down within their erected encampment on the campus of UCLA last week. The SJP said in a statement: “We will not leave. We will remain here until our demands are met.”

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