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    New Video supports UT-Austin Israeli Studies Prof. after confrontation by protesters

    New Video supports UT-Austin Israeli Studies Prof. after confrontation by protesters

    Anti-Israel students scream at Israeli Studies Prof. Ami Pedahzur as he urges them to participate in event.

    Yesterday morning we posted about an incident at UT-Austin, in which protesters from the Palestine Solidarity Committee (PSC), led by law student Mohammed Nabulsi, disrupted an event hosted by Professor Ami Pedahzur of UT’s Institute for Israeli Studies.  The invited guest speaker was Dr. Gil-Li Vardi from Stanford University.

    For full details, see Anti-Israel students target UT-Austin Israeli Studies prof after disrupting his speech.

    Since then, the dispute has gone national with attempts by PSC and its supporters to get Prof. Pedahzur fired based on an edited video released by PSC.

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    The edited video, however, shows the protesters refusing to leave or to participate, and instead shouting down others and chanting “Long Live the Intifada.” The Intifadas have been the bloody series of uprisings which included suicide bombings (the Second Intifada which led to construction of the security barrier) and the current Knife Intifada which is ongoing. They also chanted “We want ’48, we don’t want two states” (a reference to the desire to undo the creation of Israel in 1948).

    The edited PSC video does not show, contrary to PSC claims, an assault by Prof. Pedahzur; rather, it shows him trying to get the protesters to stop the disruption and to participate in the event.

    Legal Insurrection has obtained exclusive video of the end of the event from the hallway outside which backs up Prof. Pedahzur’s account.

    The video starts with the chants (shown at the end of PSC’s edited video). As the protesters move outside, they scream that pre-Independence Jews cooperated with the Nazis, and then they continue their chants. Prof. Pedahzur exits the room into the hallway and again asks the protesters to participate in the event, but they just scream at him some more.

    The police then arrive, and the protesters continue screaming.

    This is crucial evidence, because the protesters are claiming there was an assault and an unwillingness to hear their views. But in fact Prof. Pedahzur urges them to stop screaming and to participate.

    This video again shows the protesters as being purely interested in disruption and interfering with the event.

    There is a climate of intimidation and threats against Israeli and pro-Israeli speakers. We recently covered the disruption of a speech by an Israeli professor at the University of Minnesota Law School, and of an Israeli diplomat at the University of Windsor.

    The UT-Austin academic leadership will have to decide whether it will continue to tolerate disruption of speeches and events through mob rule.

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    Aarradin | November 18, 2015 at 1:18 am

    “The UT-Austin academic leadership will have to decide whether it will continue to tolerate disruption of speeches and events through mob rule.”

    Is there the slightest chance they won’t?

    These “students” deserve to be expelled. They won’t be. At a minimum suspended for a full semester. That won’t happen either.


     
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    scooterjay | November 18, 2015 at 6:52 am

    send them a Whitman sampler.


     
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    Barko_Polo | November 18, 2015 at 11:33 pm

    I’m all for “Freedom of Speech”, “Freedom of Expression”, and the Right to Peacefully Protest–but when it infringes upon another persons RIGHTS to the Education they are paying for, or their Rights to NOT Be Harassed, there is a line that is being crossed!!
    Disruption of classes, and a persons studies should result in one of, or all three things–
    1.)Suspension from the College/University.
    2.)Subject to arrest.
    3.)The cost of one days class, multiplied by the number of students, divided amongst the “offending students”–with the bill being sent to the “offender’s parents”.
    **Perhaps the “parental units” would have some ‘input’ with their budding jihadists!

    It seems that this video was shot AFTER the professor got in the face of the protesters.

    It also seems that no one here understands what activism and protest entails, often it includes the disruption of an event.

    Public universities are recognized spaces for academic and political debates and student activism, whether it meets your criteria for what is acceptable or not really doesn’t matter–the students went to have their voices heard, and they did.

    The professor is the one who couldn’t keep himself from bowing up like a prize fighter.

    The interruption occurred during a voluntary event, not a class, thus the students in attendance didn’t lose any money. These are not part of their tuition.

    The assault claim has nothing to do with anyone’s Facebook names.

    “The UT-Austin academic leadership will have to decide whether it will continue to tolerate disruption of speeches and events through mob rule.”

    This would mean outlawing any form of student organizing on campus, and that’s not going to happen. Freedom of expression applies to everyone, whether you approve of their ideology or not.

    “Muslims who genuinely want peace…”

    This is like saying, “Unicorns who really want to study electrical engineering…”

    “send them a Whitman sampler.”

    Quite the following this blog has.


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