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‘Free Palastine’? Ottawa protesters mocked over misspelled graffiti featured in Macklemore’s anti-Israel music video

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So much for higher education.

Protesters at the University of Ottawa in Canada are being ridiculed online after graffiti on campus misspelling Palestine was featured in the new anti-Israel song by rapper Macklemore.

The steps of the school’s Tabaret Hall were spray painted with the misspelled message, “Free Palastine,” with the image shown off in the “Thrift Shop” rapper’s “Hind’s Hall” music video that has garnered more than 13.6 million views on social media.

“Dear Pro-Palestine Students, If you are going to support Palestine — at least learn how to spell it,” British influencer Oli London wrote on X.

Protesters at the University of Ottawa wrote “Free Palastine” on the steps to Tabaret Hall.

London was joined by hundreds who poked fun at the error, with many calling on the student protesters to be sent “back to high school for spelling.”

Others mocked the education students were receiving at the college despite paying tuition of more than $5,000-a-year on average, according to the University of Ottawa.

The graffiti is just one of several messages scribbled on Tabaret Hall as Canadian protesters set up their own encampment on campus in solidarity with the demonstrations that broke out at US colleges.

Although many in Gaza and the West Bank describe themselves as Palestinian, a self-governing state of Palestine is not recognized by the US or many other major world powers.

The University of Ottawa declined to comment on the graffiti, saying in a statement to The Post that the school is committed to ensuring student safety on campus during the protest.

“It includes maintaining an environment where no incitement to violence or incidents of harassment or hate, including Islamophobic or anti-Semitic acts, are tolerated,” a university spokesman said.

The protesters in Ottawa were mocked over the misspelling during their protest on campus. AP
The demonstrators vowed to keep the protest going in solidarity with their American counterparts. AP

The image in Ottawa garnered worldwide attention when it showed up in the first ten seconds of Macklemore’s new music video, which slams the war in Gaza and puts the blame on President Biden’s support of Israel.

Macklemore, whose real name is Benjamin Hammond Haggerty, also voiced his support for the protests going on in college campuses in the US and across the world.

The song’s title itself is a reference to Columbia University’s Hamilton Hall, the building that a mob of masked protesters broke into last week and occupied until they were removed and arrested during a raid by NYPD officers. 

The graffiti in the University of Ottawa was featured in rapper Macklemore’s “Hind’s Hall” music video. WireImage

The demonstrators dubbed the building “Hind’s Hall” – in honor of Hind Rajab, a 6-year-old Palestinian girl who was killed in the Middle Eastern conflict.  

Macklemore claimed all proceeds from the new song will go toward the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which had a dozen employees accused of participating in the Oct. 7 terrorist attack.

The organization was also accused of having 1,200 staffers with ties to Hamas, who seized power in Gaza in 2007 and have since used terrorism and terror tactics to furter their aims, or the Palestinian Islamic Jihad extremists group.

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