Alleged Attack on Palestinians Jars N.C. College Police in Greensboro, N.C., have arrested three Guilford College football players who are accused of taunting and beating three Palestinian students. Accounts of the incident differ.
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RENEE MONTAGNE, Host:

NPR's Adam Hochberg reports.

ADAM HOCHBERG: Yesterday, on this quaint, usually quiet campus, some students had a hard time containing their rage.

JOSHUA SHELTON: A hate crime occurred on Guilford campus, committed by Guilford students that has permanent, disastrous ramifications for the victims!

HOCHBERG: Religious Studies major Joshua Shelton was among several students who took turns standing on a wooden box in the center of campus, condemning the alleged violence. Later, students and professors walked through campus carrying small candles. Sophomore Landry Herman(ph) said she was shocked by news of the bloody fight.

LANDRY HERMAN: I'm offended that this happened on the campus where Quaker values say we are understanding of all different types of people, we accept all different types of people, and we are pacifistic and we don't accept violence, and that we are an understanding place.

HOCHBERG: Jadah al-Jaqbir(ph) is the cousin of student Osama Sabbah.

JADAH AL: Osama was leaving his dorm. He got attacked by three football players. They, all three of the Palestinian boys, suffered concussions and they were defending themselves. And in the process of defending themselves, they were called sand niggers. They were called terrorists. They were called camel jockeys.

HOCHBERG: Dean for Campus Life Aaron Fetrow says the fight is dominating campus discussion this week, and has led the college to reaffirm its Quaker values.

AARON FETROW: We are having forums and silent meetings for worship to remember our peace testimony. And how did this happen here is the question that's I think stirring up a little regret on our campus.

HOCHBERG: How did it happen here?

FETROW: I think like it happens anywhere. There was some alcohol involved. There was some testosterone involved. Fights like this happen at campuses all over the country all the time.

HOCHBERG: Adam Hochberg, NPR News.

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