UC Irvine puts pro-Palestinian activists on probation for disrupting Israeli event

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The University of California, Irvine put a group of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) activists on disciplinary probation for two academic years after they interrupted a speaking event with IDF reservists.

The UC Irvine campus is considered one of the bastions of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions Movement (BDS) in the US and previous pro-Israeli events held at the university have been met with violent interruptions.

In May, a delegation from the NGO Reservists on Duty arrived at the university to speak at an event organized by Students Supporting Israel (SSI) during the Anti-Zionism Week on campus.

Some 40 activists from SJP disrupted a question-and-answer session for about half an hour, preventing students from talking to the Israeli reservists by shouting and swearing, with one of the activists spitting at a member of the Israeli delegation.

Some of them were wearing T-shirts with the writing “UC Intifada” and chanted slogans advocating the destruction of Israel and violent resistance, including the slogans “Israel, Israel what do you say, how many kids have you killed today?” and “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.”

Campus police arrived at the scene some 10 minutes after the pro-Palestinian activists left voluntarily and crowded in the hall outside the room. The police had to escort the delegation members outside due to concern for their safety.

Read the full article at: https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5011870,00.html

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