Following a similar ban at Hebrew University, students at the University of Haifa were notified Tuesday that the administration would not allow their planned protest commemorating Israel’s invasion of Gaza one year ago.The university’s statement banning the event said that the planned commemoration constituted ‘incitement’ against the state of Israel.

The student union president said that he approved of the administration’s decision, because he believed that the event would further increase existing tensions between Arab and Jewish students.

The protest was organized by several leftist parties on campus, including Hadash, Balad and Sons of the Village, in order ‘to show solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Gaza.’

Zionist student groups at Haifa University had planned a counter-protest to show their support for the Israeli military’s invasion of Gaza last year. That invasion resulted in over 1400 Palestinian deaths, the vast majority of whom were civilians.