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Jewish Yale student stabbed in the eye with Palestinian flag during protest

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A Jewish Yale student journalist covering an anti-Israel protest at the Ivy League university on Saturday night was stabbed in the eye with a Palestinian flag — with her attacker going unpunished.

Sahar Tartak, the editor-in-chief of the Yale Free Press, was covering the protest — in which hundreds of students camped on campus in support of the Palestinians — when she suddenly found herself surrounded by demonstrators.

“There are hundreds of people challenging me and waving their middle fingers at me, and then this person waves a Palestinian flag in my face and pokes my eye with it,” Tartak told The Post.

“When I tried to shout and go after him, the protesters lined up and stopped me,” she added.

A protester used a Palestinian flag to stab a student journalist in the eye during a heated demonstration at Yale on Saturday evening. @sahar_tartak / X
Sahar Tartak, a sophomore, is editor-in-chief of the Yale Free Press. Sahar Tartak / Linkedin

Tartak, who was buying an eye patch when she spoke to The Post, said she tried to report the assault to campus police, but they told her there was nothing they could do.

Instead, she just got an ambulance ride to the hospital to have her eye checked.

Tartak also blasted the university for not cracking down on Saturday’s protest, the latest incident at Yale, where demonstrators have blocked access to school buildings as they condemn the war in the Gaza Strip.

Stop Antisemitism, a nonprofit watchdog group, shared an image Tartak captured of the protester who poked her in the eye and asked the public to help identify him.

The protesters reportedly formed a circle around two Jewish students while chanting and jeering at them. @sahar_tartak / X
The protesters taunted the two students who tried to cover the protest for the student news. @sahar_tartak / X

Yale did not immediately respond to The Post’s request for comment.

Noah Rubin, a University of Pennsylvania student who helped document the protest at Yale, also blasted the university for going against its own policies by allowing the demonstrations to go ahead.

According to school guidelines, protesters are not allowed to block access to building entrances and are considered trespassers if they refuse to leave after being ordered to do so.

The organizers of the demonstration allegedly formed a blockade to protect the demonstrator who stabbed a student in the eye. @sahar_tartak / X

“The university is not acting by its own rules and is only encouraging these protesters,” Rubin said.

In addition to Saturday’s violence, students are also holding a hunger strike on campus to push Yale to get rid of weapons manufacturers linked to Israel, a strike that has been going on for more than six days.

Amid the hunger strike, drag artist Tifa Wine joined the students on Friday as she criticized the university for its alleged support of Israel — but failed to mention Hamas’ reputation as an Islamic fundamentalist organization that opposes the rights of LGBTQ people.

The movement at Yale has stood in solidarity with a similar protest at Columbia University in New York City.




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