Protesters erupted into the room surrounding the speakers, shouting: “Fight the power, turn the tide, end Israeli apartheid” on a megaphone and holding up anti-Israel signs and Palestinian flags, as can be seen in a video obtained by the Jerusalem Post HERE
Legal Insurrection The idea behind the “Building Bridges” event, which invited the reservists to share their personal stories and answer questions, was “to humanize the conflict, learn about Israeli society, and allow for honest conversation,” The Brody Jewish Center – Hillel at UVa said in a statement that also was posted on Facebook. The event also was sponsored by CavPac, and Hoos for Israel.
As we have documented here dozens of times, a standard anti-Israel tactic on campuses is to disrupt events and speakers. The purpose of even a temporary disruption is to intimidate and make clear there is a price to pay for Israeli or pro-Israel events. It happened again, at an event sponsored by the Brody Jewish Center – Hillel at the University of Virginia and two pro-Israel student groups.
The event gives Israeli Defense Forces reservists, through a group called Reservists on Duty, the chance to tell their story, and to be challenged on the Israeli-Palestinian dispute. There is no attempt to shield the speakers from “tough” questions.
Here is the promotional video for the current tour:
JTA During the program, a group of students and non-students entered the room, began chanting anti-Israel slogans, holding up signs, and passing out information. Though student leaders and Rabbi Jake invited the protesters to participate in the program and address their concerns through conversation, protesters declined and continued to disrupt the panel.
Campus police were called and then the protesters dispersed so the program could continue. Following the protest, reservists made clear they wanted to carry on, and challenged students and community members to ask difficult and important questions. The conversation continued, and students with various points of view engaged in productive dialogue with the reservists.
“While free speech and the ability to protest are important aspects of college life, we are disappointed that protesters refused to engage in conversation and instead continued to shout intimidating and hostile slurs directed at students, staff, and panelists. UVa is and has always been a place for the free exchange of ideas, learning from opposing views, and open dialogue,” the statement said.
Student Ben Borenstein told the Cavalier Daily that he felt “threatened” during the protest. “It was probably the most afraid that I’ve been in a situation at U.Va. because it was such a small classroom and it was so loud … it was very antagonistic and almost militant,” he said.
In a university-wide email, Dean of Students Allen Groves said that the protestors may have violated several university policies, including those on protests and amplified sounds. “Freedom of expression, freedom of association, and freedom of religion are all critical tenets of our diverse community of scholars,” Groves wrote in his email, according to the Associated Press. “We have been fortunate that despite the interplay of passionately held views on opposite sides of many issues, our students are generally very respectful toward one another and reject the ‘heckler’s veto of shouting down those with whom we may disagree.”
The protesters used a bullhorn as part of the disruption and spent about 15 minutes in the room, and another 20 or more minutes with a bullhorn just outside the windows of the event. A student who attended the event reports on it here:
One of the worst episodes of Muslims trying to shut down pro-Israel or Israeli speakers was at UC-Irvine a few years ago when Michael Oren who was the former ambassador to the United States (2009–2013) from Israel tried to speak. The Muslims shouted him down to the point where he could not continue until they were removed by campus police. Dubbed the Irvine 11, they were prosecuted by the university but got off with a slap on the wrist.
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