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UC-Davis: Protesters shout “Allahu Akbar” and “Long Live Intifada” at Israeli speaker

UC-Davis: Protesters shout “Allahu Akbar” and “Long Live Intifada” at Israeli speaker

A growing toxic mix of campus Islamism, exploitation of racial grievances, and threats.

Disruption of Israeli or pro-Israel speakers and events is becoming all too common on college campuses, including by groups like Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and similar groups. The purpose is to make sure that Israeli and pro-Israel points of view cannot be presented without incident, and to create a campus climate of intimidation.

We have reported on several such recent disruptions, including at University of Minnesota Law School, UT-Austin, Kings College (London), U. Windsor, University of South Florida, and an LGBTQ Shabbat Event in Chicago. Even events that are not disrupted are protested, such as the appearance of actor Michael Douglas and human rights hero Natan Sharansky at Brown University

The latest was the disruption of an appearance at UC-Davis by Israeli diplomat George Deek, who also happens to be an Arab Christian.

Israel On Campus Coalition reports:

Earlier this week, Israeli-Arab diplomat George Deek was shouted down by students affiliated with Students for Justice in Palestine at UC Davis. The SJP members, who called out “Long live the Intifada,” refused to engage with George, who came to Davis to discuss the need for mutual respect, dialogue, and understanding.

Legal Insurrection obtained the following video from someone in the room:

You can clearly see Deek standing to the left in this screen capture, as the protesters took over the stage.

UC Davis SJP Shout Down Israeli Arab Diplomat George Deek behind protesters

This video from a different angle also was posted on YouTube:

According to a person in the room, the SJP president was present for the protest. After the protest was over, Deek was able to continue his talk.

The Blaze further reports:

Pro-Palestinian protesters staged an organized interruption of a lecture at the University of California, Davis by an Israeli-Arab diplomat, as video posted online showed them shouting “Allahu akbar” and “long live the intifada” in apparent approval of a six-month wave of Palestinian stabbing attacks — the latest of which claimed the life of an American student Tuesday.

The group interrupted a Monday talk by Israeli diplomat George Deek — an Arab Christian who notably is from Jaffa, the mixed Jewish-Arab area south of Tel Aviv where Vanderbilt University graduate student Taylor Force was stabbed to death by a Palestinian assailant — according to the Algemeiner, which covers Jewish news.

Besides shouting “Allabu akbar,” that is, “Allah is the greatest” and “long live the intifada,” the student protesters also chanted slogans tying the fight against Israel to a struggle between blacks and whites.

“Palestine will be free, fight white supremacy!” they chanted along with, “Israel is anti-black!” ….

As they exited the room, the protesters — many of whom wore Palestinian keffiyeh headscarves, Islamic hijab headscarves and beards associated with devout Muslims — repeatedly shouted “Allahu akbar!”

None of this is really surprising, we have seen increasing aggressiveness by SJP and similar groups out of frustration that their futile student government divestment actions gain them nothing.

That aggressiveness has become racialized through the use of the doctrine of “intersectionality,” which portrays Israeli Jews as at the center of all struggles of non-whites in the U.S. and elsewhere. The Jew thus is demonized as the cause of evil in the world, as reflected in the writings of “pro-Palestinian” activists like Oberlin professor Joy Karega:

In an appeal to racial animus, the following statement was posted by the group behind the disruption:

UC Davis, as at many of the UC campuses, finds anti-Israel activity expressly based on religion, with Islamic chants mixed in with the anti-Israel activism — so it’s impossible to claim with a straight face that it is not anti-Semitic. At a UC-Davis divestment vote, chants of “Allahu Akbar” also were heard:

The question is, when will university officials protect the right of speakers to appear without physical intimidation and disruption. It’s one thing to protest an appearance outside the room, it’s another to disrupt the presentation and take over the stage.

I reached out to UC-Davis media relations for comment, including as to whether any actions are being taken against the protesters, but have not heard back as of this writing.

UPDATE: At about 12:45 p.m. Eastern I received the following statement from UC-Davis media relations:

“Aggies for Israel invited the public to this meeting through campus and community notices. While there was an interruption at the beginning of the meeting, the group dipersed within a few minutes without incident, and the speaker was able to deliver a talk without interruption. Security was present at the meeting. The safety of our campus community is always our highest concern, and at no time did it appear that any physical altercations occurred.

Some students who participated in the initial interruption stayed for the meeting and asked questions during a question-and-answer portion of the lecture, which they were of course free to do. There were no further interruptions or incidents during the meeting.”


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U. C. Davis??? Way back when, like the 1960’s Davis was all about agriculture and was always the most sane of all the U.C. campuses.

When you have lost the Tomato Trojans, you have lost all.

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to Anchovy. | March 11, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    That was also the days when the school had virtually no grievance studies majors. I maintain what I have in other threads and on other sites: get rid of all of these silly majors and departments, and these demonstrations would be rare.

      Trapped in Davis in reply to The Friendly Grizzly. | March 11, 2016 at 3:26 pm

      Ah, yes. The “Dregs of Humanities”. Those departments were once housed in broken down shacks. Then they tore them down to expand the library. By moving them to a decent building they gained some legitimacy. I’m ashamed of what my alma mater has become.

Fenn’s Law in action: “Liberals don’t truly believe in the things they lecture about to the rest us.”

Apparently, there is no ‘safe space’ available for Jewish students or pro-Israel speakers on America’ uber-leftist diversiversity campii.

And if these islamist scum are students, why are they not expelled?

inspectorudy | March 11, 2016 at 2:33 pm

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Look at who these people are. They are arabs and muslims. They make up about 90% of all anti Israel protest. This is the spread of their filthy hatred and islamic faith. What do they want? Ask them and you will hear off camera that they want the state of Israel wiped out. Period! No “Getting along” or negotiating. Just death! STFU and leave this country!

This stuff is why we need Trump — who will have Ben Carson advising on executive orders to publicly funded educational institutions.

    inspectorudy in reply to janitor. | March 11, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    I thought that you Trumpets were saying last week that Trump is a conservative and believed in the Constitution. Executive orders are the opposite to obeying the Constitution if it involves a change in a law. They are supposed to be only changes in procedures of existing laws.

      janitor in reply to inspectorudy. | March 11, 2016 at 5:19 pm

      You misunderstand “executive order”.

      ALL presidents issue executive orders. They are executives who make orders, and when they’re written, “executive orders” are what they are.

      The problem with OBAMA’s executive orders, is that he has been issuing ultra vires orders that illegally make or thwart laws. In fact other presidents have issues many more executive orders than the non-working, gold-playing Obama. It’s just that they were garden v ariety appropriate orders.

…and at no time did it appear that any physical altercations occurred.

So that’s the standard these days? The new ‘one rule’ of decorum: no physical attacks. Anything else will be tolerated.*

*Unless conservatives are involved.

DanielintheLionsDen | March 11, 2016 at 8:53 pm

What I cannot understand is why these demonstrators who were silencing an invited speaker were not escorted out bycampus security?

“Palestine will be free, fight white supremacy!” they chanted along with, “Israel is anti-black!” ….

It is truly a depressing but nonetheless fascinating cultural phenomenon to see how the savvy pro-Palestinian agitators have attempted — disappointingly, with more success than one would initially suspect — to promote this vile, infantile, fallacious and completely ignorant narrative that simplistically and falsely equates Israelis with supremacist white South Africans and Palestinians with poor oppressed blacks. The Left, of course, has been all-too-eager to adopt this narrative and to promote it at every opportunity, longstanding doctrines of Islamic supremacism and the transparent corruption/incompetence of Fatah leadership, which combine to sabotage any efforts at a lasting peace and the formation of a stable and prosperous Palestinian society, be damned.