UPenn Student Faces Arrest After Praising Hamas Attack and Stealing Israeli Flag

(HorizonPost.com) – The University of Pennsylvania student who last month celebrated the October 7 terror attacks by Hamas was arrested last week for the alleged theft of an Israeli flag displayed near campus, the New York Post reported.

According to the Daily Pennsylvanian, Tara Tarawneh was arrested on November 4 for allegedly stealing the flag from in front of a Campus Apartments residence near campus on October 28 and was charged by the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office with theft and receiving stolen property.

Tarawneh was arraigned in Philadelphia County Municipal Court where bail was set at zero dollars.

Last month, Tarawneh, who graduated from King’s Academy in Jordan in 2020, delivered remarks at a pro-Hamas rally in Philadelphia last month where she claimed to have felt “empowered and happy” by the terror attacks on October 7 and said she was “confident” victory was “near” and “tangible.”

In a statement to the Daily Pennsylvanian, a spokesperson for the university confirmed that Tarawneh was a student at Penn. The spokesperson said the university would not comment further on her arrest since it is a “criminal matter.”

The Daily Pennsylvanian previously published a guest op-ed written by Tararawneh in which she promoted Penn’s “Palestine Writes Literature Festival” in September. In her column, she accused Israel of “settler colonialism,” claiming that it sought to “exterminate” Palestinians.

While the theft of the flag cannot under Pennsylvania law be prosecuted as a hate crime, theft could be classified as a hate crime under the Clery Act, the federal law that requires universities to report campus crime data, according to the Daily Pennsylvanian.

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