Pro-Israel Ohio U. student arrested for reading Legal Insurrection blog post out loud during protest (#ousenate)
Protests erupt at Ohio Univ Senate meeting over President’s “blood bucket challenge” — President has protesters arrested.
[Featured Image credit: Kaitlin Owens video]
[Note: The title of this post and Featured Image were changed once I obtained the video which demonstrated that the student leader arrested was reading a Legal Insurrection blog post when arrested.]
We previously covered how Meghan Marzec, the President of the Ohio University student Senate, hijacked the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to bash Israel with a Blood Bucket Challenge.
It reflects the nature of the anti-Israel movement on campus that they would politicize a charity fundraiser for an incurable disease.
What kind of people do such things? Anti-Israel campus activists, that’s the type of people.
At a Student Senate Meeting tonight, pro-Israel students protested this abuse and, according to reports, several of the pro-Israel students were escorted out and arrested by campus police, via the student newspaper, The Post, Four students arrested at Wednesday’s Student Senate Meeting:
Ohio University Police Department Chief Andrew Powers told The Post that four students were arrested at Wednesday night’s Student Senate meeting in Walter Hall.
OUPD officers escorted Bobcats for Israel President Becky Sebo out of the Student Senate meeting Wednesday night.
Rabbi Danielle LeShaw, who went with the arrested students to OUPD’s station, told The Post they were charged with a fourth degree misdemeanor for disturbing a lawful meeting.
The four students arrested and charged were Maxwell Peltz, 20; Rebecca Sebo, 22; Gabriel Sirkin, 20; Jonah Yulish, 19.
They are scheduled to appear in Athens Municipal Court Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m.
In Ohio, if convicted, such a charge can carry a maximum sentence of up to 30 days in jail, and a $250 fine.
All the arrested students have been released, according to an OUPD clerk.
Student Senate President Megan Marzec was emphatic in her support of Palestine at the meeting. “I will never apologize for standing with the people of Palestine,” she said.
Student Speakout, the period at the beginning of each meeting where anyone can speak publicly about an issue concerning them, ended more than an hour and fifteen minutes after senate began. Senate will now move on to regular business; many students left after speakout ended.
Wednesday’s meeting kicked off with yelling and confrontation between two groups supporting and opposing Marzec.
(video and commentary added)
The woman shouting at the pro-Israel student reading appears to be Marzec.
It is clear having listened to the audio that the pro-Israel student was reading statements of university presidents from this Legal Insurrection post, University statements rejecting academic boycott of Israel, specifically the entries regarding statements issued by Brandeis University, the University of Chicago, Hamilton College and U. Connecticut, against the academic boycott of Israel (the video is edited so you don’t hear the full statements, but she follows the random sequence in our post).
The reader who tipped me off to the events at OU writes:
I don’t see how Ms. Sebo was being unduly disruptive. Some of the context from the livetweeting shows that she was being shouted down by Marzec, and that audience members were attempting to physically assault her.
At any rate, Marzec ordering the arrest of her critics is ironic, because Marzec has been arrested for the same thing. And the crowd’s chanting of “fascist” and “undemocratic” is ironic, given their applause for arresting the Bobcats for Israel.
My alma is being run by the looney bin 🙁
Regardless of where you stand with the issue, Marzec never should've used the ALS challenge to promote her agenda. #OUSenate
— Maxwell Reichert (@Max_ReIchert) September 11, 2014
— Maygan (@mayganbeeler) September 10, 2014
UPDATE 9-11-2014: More details on the sequence from the student newspaper:
Before the senate meeting was called to order, President of Bobcats for Israel, Becky Sebo, was the first to speak at the meeting. She read a speech directly at Marzec, who said several times during the meeting that she wanted to hear from students, but in an orderly fashion.
Sebo stated in her remarks that she is in favor of free speech and that any threats of violence made against Marzec are “unacceptable.” She said Bobcats for Israel is calling for Marzec’s resignation because Marzec, as senate president, took the stance that Israel has committed “atrocities” against Palestine.
Three minutes into Sebo’s speech, Marzec interrupted Sebo, saying that the speech was blocking other students from speaking.
A chant was led by many of the Student Senate members, repeating phrases such as “this meeting is being hijacked by fascists” and “shame on bullies.”
Many in the crowd held handmade signs on notebook-torn pieces of paper that read “I would rather have a conversation,” a silent demonstration promoted by student senator-at-large Luke Kubacki.
Other members of Bobcats for Israel continued to speak over the chants and Marzec.
Marzec stood up about eight minutes into the presentation and called for a vote to remove the students because “they are disrupting the meeting.”
The protesters continued to speak.
Another member of her group took over speaking before Sebo started speaking again, at which point OU Police officers surrounded her, including Chief Andrew Powers, who warned Sebo that she had “two minutes to stop” before she would be removed.
OUPD handcuffed and removed the four students: Maxwell Peltz, 20; Gabriel Sirkin, 20; Jonah Yulish, 19; and Sebo, 22.