Monday- Feb 13, 2017 – 6:30- Columbia Univ. Danny Danon, the Israeli Ambassador to the UN was invited to speak at Columbia University.
However, anti-Israel groups were planning a protest to disrupt the event.
SO…there was an Emergency Rally For Israel :
Due to their pressure, Columbia administration imposed a last-minute restriction on the event’s attendance preventing many Israel supporters and other interested parties from hearing the ambassador’s speech.
Wait listed means …. NO ADMITTANCE !
Let us show the UN ambassador of the only Middle East democracy a warm welcome. Let us show our support to Students Supporting Israel at Columbia University – SSI Columbia who organized this event.
Let us send a message to the Columbia administration that the university’s responsibility is to protect and encourage free speech and civil discourse instead of restricting it.
And let us show anti-Israel hate groups that false and bigoted messages will not prevail. This is a non-partisan pro-Israel, pro free speech event!.
Flickr slide show:
What we saw outside (and others inside) was predictable. They did not fail to agitate. The SJP …. and others…. were there to SHUT DOWN Free Speech.
Video of BOTH sides – the confrontation outside Lerner
Saw them assemble to march at approx. 6:30 and then- as they began marching back and forth in front of Lerner Hall- they grew in numbers.
Glutting the sidewalk. Jamming egress for anyone just trying to walk by. And SHOUTING. CHANTING. Hateful. Nasty. Smug. Shrill.
Eventually the police brought more barricades- to clear the center of the public sidewalk. But, the noise pollution continued, unabated,
…. while other kuffeya-clad REGISTERED GUESTS continued to gain entry.
INSIDE- as predicted- was the shut Danon down phase two.
SHOUT and SHOUT and SHOUT so he can’t speak. not answer questions. after all- someone might hear the TRUTH. These fascist thugs can’t have that – EVER
And Columbia? Shame on you. SHAME SHAME SHAME
FROM LEFT: their Press release, video, and photos re the protest can be found at:
https://www.facebook.com/CUapartheiddivest/posts/1709359776016825 twitter https://twitter.com/ColumbiaSJP
I conclude with this buoyant response: Allyson Levy ·
Last night the pro Israel voice won….Danon got to speak, and the anti-semites were left to chant to a glass wall….AM YISRAEL CHAI ❤️🇮🇱
[Pictures and video property of Pamela Hall]