Nov. 3, 2017
- Protester Disrupts Arab Israelis on Campus – Paul Miller
Police at the University of Minnesota arrested an unidentified woman on Oct. 24 for disrupting a pro-Israel student group’s event featuring Arab Israelis. Video footage shows a young hijab-clad woman walking up and down the aisle of a conference room, reading from prepared notes on her smartphone and slinging verbal assaults at the guest speakers from Reservists on Duty (RoD).
Amit Deri, founder of RoD, explained: “She is a Muslim who came to our event, not to shut down white Jewish speakers, but rather to shut down Muslims, Christians and Arabs who actually live in Israel. She called herself a Palestinian, but she was born and raised in Minnesota. She had the nerve to tell our group of Muslims that they are traitors. They told her, ‘You don’t know; you don’t live in Israel! You left your so-called land, you live here in the states and you want to tell us what it’s like living in Israel?'”
Deri added that RoD and Students Supporting Israel (SSI), the campus group which hosted them, will be pressing charges. He said the groups want to send a message to anti-Israel protesters that free speech is a two-way street, and that they have a right to hold events without fear of disruption or personal harm. The writer is executive director of the Haym Salomon Center. (JNS.org)