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Cancel Culture Gets Police Powers and Goes After Jewish Student at UMass Amherst

Over the past three months, APT has been fighting on behalf of Louis Shenker, a pro-Israel Jewish student at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst who also supports the President of the United States.

For expressing his Zionist and conservative views on campus, Louis has been subjected to a harrowing witch hunt by UMass Amherst faculty and students, and to a malicious criminal prosecution by local police.

APT Executive Director Ilya Feoktistov, together with Karen Hurvitz, Executive Director of Education Without Indoctrination, successfully defended Louis from all criminal charges filed against him. They are now going on the offensive to enforce Louis’s rights.

Read Karen and Ilya’s article about this shocking story, which was published yesterday in the American Thinker, and please consider donating to help us defend Zionist Jewish students like Louis from far-left campus fascists.

February 16, 2020
Criminalizing Dissent
By Karen D. Hurvitz and Ilya I. Feoktistov

Louis Shenker, a 21-year-old junior at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, just wanted his MAGA hat back from the graduate student who ripped it off his head on campus. He wore the hat to a December 6, 2018 protest organized by the university’s graduate student union against Trump and local police. Video shows that when Louis, who is 5’6’’ and 140 pounds, arrived wearing the MAGA hat and holding a large sign, he was immediately surrounded by a hostile mob of older grad students cursing at him and calling him a white supremacist. A woman lunged from the mob and snatched Louis’s MAGA hat. Careful not to get caught on camera hitting Louis with their hands, they instead mobbed him like a colony of enraged penguins, using their bodies to push him from all sides, occasionally pecking at his head with their cardboard signs, and chanting in unison: “THE PEOPLE, UNITED, WILL NEVER BE DEFEATED.”

“Get the f**k out of here, you shouldn’t be in an anti-racist march!” screamed the hat thief. A soft-spoken professor in the crowd warned Louis: “It’s actually dangerous for you to come by yourself like that.” As the protesters began to march and Louis tried to keep up while pleading for his hat, many of them, including several graduate student union members dressed in United Auto Workers gear, elbowed Louis into walls, lampposts, and other obstacles. “You act like a Nazi, you’re going to get treated like a Nazi,” a female protester yelled at the Jewish grandson of Holocaust victims. Louis left without his hat.

A month later, Louis was horrified to recognize the woman who stole his MAGA hat as Beth Peller, a 36-year-old grad student who would be teaching his mandatory freshman writing class.

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