A man identified as Tobias Paperno was arrested and charged with trespassing at an anti-Israel rally at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
After his actions were highlighted on social media. Paperno faced severe backlash for organizing the rally.
Who is Tobias Paperno?
Tobias Paperno is a student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He reportedly co-founded a group named UMass Dissenters. The group co-organized the BDS event where 57 protesters were arrested by campus police.
He faced criticism for his actions and anti-Israel stance. Several X users slammed him on social media and demanded his termination from the University.
One user wrote, “@UMassAmherst is an absolute disgrace. There has been antisemitic violent people allowed to remain and fester for the better part of at least 30 years. Ask me how I know. Graduate students who never complete their degrees even after 7+ years who victimize undergrads, and so on.”
“UMass is stepping up and putting a foot down on these often violent protests on campus. Kudos to UMass for protecting the right of all students to be safe on their campuses.” another user wrote.
One X user wrote, “Where does TOBIAS PAPERNO, plan to work…who wants to hire a trouble maker that takes the law into his own hands. Good luck to him…but I wouldn’t hire him to walk a dog.”
Anti-Semitic incidents and acts of hostility towards Jews have increased significantly in the United States and around the world following the October 7 tragedy and the ongoing conflict between Hamas and Israel.
The spokeswoman for Israel’s Foreign Ministry, Lior Haiat, stated in a written statement that “the official number of victims of the October 7 massacre is approximately 1,200.” Anti-Semitic incidents in the United States increased by about 400% in the first two weeks after the Middle East crisis, which was sparked by a Hamas attack on Israel, according to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).