Pro-Palestinian students at the University of Virginia (UVA) disrupted a panel discussion of Israeli Defense Forces lone reservists visiting the campus several days ago, The Jerusalem Post has learned.
The event on Thursday was organized by the local Brody Jewish Center Hillel, which invited the veterans – who are from Reservists on Duty, an anti-BDS group comprised of IDF reservists in Israel – to share their personal stories and talk about Israeli society.
During the panel discussion, 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 Post.
Amit Deri, CEO of Reservists on Duty, told the Post that the incident at UVA “proves unequivocally that, as in all cases, anti-Israel activists are a violent group whose goal is to intimidate and silence Jewish students and the pro-Israel voice on campus.”
He added: “The days when this would pass silently are over.”
The IDF veterans visiting UVA are one of three Reservists on Duty delegations touring university campuses in the US and the UK. The delegations are collaborating with local Jewish and pro-Israel student groups in an effort to counter Apartheid Week events being held on campuses by pro-Palestinian students.
Among the groups touring the US, includes a delegation comprised of Christian, Muslim, Beduin, and Druse IDF and National Service veterans representing different sectors and perspectives of Israel society.