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Ohio University Student President Does ‘Blood’ Bucket Challenge in Protest of Israel

Wearing a shirt that reads ‘Ohio U Divest From Israel’ Megan Marzec poured a bucket of simulated blood on her head

By: Daniel Koren

Published: September 4th, 2014 in News » World

Ohio University Student President Does 'Blood' Bucket Challenge in Protest of Israel

In what can be described only as an epic BDS fail, Student Senate President of Ohio University, Megan Marzec, dumped a bucket of fake blood onto her head after being challenged by the university’s President Roderick McDavis to take part in the trending ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

Instead of taking the traditional route, Marzec, wearing a shirt that reads “Ohio U Divest From Israel,” thanked McDavis for his ice bucket challenge, before beginning her “message of student concern” regarding her protest of the university’s relationship with the Jewish State.

Essentially, she completely shifts gears, taking the focus away from ALS – which has raised over $100 million for ALS research since the trend began earlier this summer – to Israeli policy. Her actions come days after a Belgian feminist group poured liters of fake blood over the floor at a Belgian airport because, they allege, it is used to transport weapons to Israel.

In the video posted on Vimeo (which is now private) Marzec states, “I’m sending a message of student concern of the genocide in Gaza and the occupation of Palestine by the Israeli state. I’m urging you, and OU, to divest and cut all ties with academic and other Israeli businesses and institutions.”

She continues. “This bucket of blood symbolizes the thousands of displaced and murdered Palestinians atrocities which OU is directly complacent in your cultural and economic support of the Israeli state.”

She then poured the bucket of simulated blood over herself, as a caption (in blood-red text) appeared reading “FREE PALESTINE” and “For more information on bringing BDS to Ohio University contact Megan Marzec,” followed by her email address.

Marzec is campaigning for Ohio U to join the growing Boycott, Divest and Sanction movement against Israel, that has picked up speed following Israel’s war against Hamas. Weeks ago, the Ontario branch of the Canadian Federation of Students (representing 300,000 students) unanimously voted to boycott Israel. Other non-academic boycott initiatives against Israel have taken gaining momentum as well.

Shortly after she posted the video, the Student Senate of which Marzec presides apologized for the offending stance she took, stating “On behalf of Student Senate, we humbly apologize for the video President Megan Marzec posted.”

Marzec also noted that she was posting the video on behalf of her own opinions on the issue, and not on behalf of the Senate. Regardless, she certainly could have chosen a more effective and less offensive and attention-grabbing ploy to show she was serious about making any real changes that could benefit the student community, rather than hurling accusations at the ‘Israeli state’.

The university had remained notably silent on the incident until President McDavis’ office released a statement Wednesday, mentioning how Marzec “had altered the original spirit with which President Roderick J. McDavis issued the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.” The statement added that her actions “do not reflect the position of Ohio University or President McDavis.”

In response to her sordid act, Marzec said the blood she used represents the “current, ongoing atrocity” in Gaza (didn’t anyone tell her the war ended weeks ago?).

“I made the video in solidarity, as well as to take the opportunity to highlight our (OU’s) ties in funding and supporting an apartheid state,” she said, adding that the university has “clear academic and intellectual exchange” with Tel Aviv University.

The school currently offers two study abroad programs in Israel, one at TAU, and other at a Kibbutz called Kfar Hanassi.

In response to Marzec’s blood bucket challenge, Director of Hillel at Ohio University, Rabbi Danielle Leshaw, tweeted:

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