CUNY Law student Laith Shalabi faces backlash for tearing down posters depicting kidnapped Israelis
Shalabi’s anti-Israel sentiments are evident on her active Twitter account @Laithh_, where she has adopted the name ‘F–k Israel’
LinkedIn and Instagram accounts deleted

Laith Shalabi
Laith Shalabi

A recent incident at the CUNY Law Firm put Laith Shalabi in the spotlight after he was filmed tearing down posters depicting kidnapped Israelis. This action, captured on video, sparked a series of reactions and debates about the limits of political expression, especially at a time of rising tensions in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Who is Laith Shalabi?

Laith Shalabi
Laith Shalabi

Laith Shalabi, identified as the person in the video, is a first-year student at CUNY Law School. While information about Şelebi is limited, it is known that his LinkedIn and Instagram accounts have been deleted. On Twitter, she uses the handle @Laithh_, adopting the name ‘F–k Israel’, which demonstrates her strong anti-Israel stance.

CUNY Law – the man caught destroyingposters of kidnapped Israelis has been identified as first year CUNY Law student Laith Shalabi. pic.twitter.com/Om7SU9lSZ4

— StopAntisemitism (@StopAntisemites) November 13, 2023

The rapid deletion of Shalabi’s social media accounts demonstrates awareness of the potential consequences of her actions. The incident highlights the influential role of social media in amplifying individual actions and shaping public perception, and underscores the challenges and responsibilities associated with online expression.

Allegedly from New Orleans, Louisiana. Shalabi was previously mentioned in an article published in 2021 during pro-Palestinian demonstrations in New Orleans. Shalabi, who was a University of New Orleans student at the time, emphasized the importance of continuing the fight against injustice and oppression as part of the younger generation.

Shalabi’s action comes at a time of rising tensions in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The latest attack on Israel by approximately 1,500 Hamas and Islamic Jihad militants, resulting in casualties and hostages, has further intensified the long-running conflict.

Israel responded with air strikes and a ground invasion of Gaza, further escalating the situation and leading to widespread demonstrations and calls for a ceasefire. Expressions of support for the Palestinians sometimes turned into support for Hamas’ actions and, in other cases, into open anti-Semitic threats.