Students at George Washington University disrupt talk by Michael Oren, hold up signs reading ‘Oren supports colonialism,’ and ‘What are you going to do with 30 billion?’
Students at George Washington University, in Washington D.C. walked out on a lecture by Israeli Ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, on Monday night.
As Ambassador Oren’s lecture “Ultimate Allies: Israel and the United States,” started, about 30 students raised signs, got up, and left the auditorium in silence. Oren suggested they stay and conduct a dialog, but none of the protesting students changed their mind and stayed.
Outside they were met by more protesters, holding signs reading “Oren supports colonialism,” “What are you going to do with 30 billion?” (U.S. military aid to Israel over the next decade), and “What is the best way to stop terrorism? Stop committing it!”
In February 2010, a lecture Oren gave at the University of California, Irvine was disrupted by a group of student hecklers, shouting anti-Israel slogans. Ten out of the 11 Muslim students arrested in the incident, the so called “Irvine 11,” were found guilty on two counts of misdemeanors and sentenced to three years probation.
Since this incident Oren’s lectures are periodically disrupted by protests – but these are mostly silent, at least inside the auditorium.