â€¦Ayalon knew what it meantâ€¦it means “kill the Jews.”
â€œOur policy is always to await the outcome of police investigations where criminal offences are alleged, and to look at any internal disciplinary process after the police have finished their investigation,â€
an Oxford University spokesperson said,
â€œSo we will await the outcome. We abhor racism but obviously now this is in police hands we cannot comment on the individual case.â€
Ayalon was not so much intimidated as he was sickened, he said:
â€œThis demonstrates our new policy on hatred and racism and we will have zero tolerance for anti-Semitism, something that should have happened a long time ago.â€
Throughout his lecture, Ayalon was heckled with accusations of â€œwar crimesâ€ and racism. Another student carrying a Palestinian flag attempted to approach the speaker’s platform and was led out by security staff.
At a demonstration outside the lecture hall, Oxford’s Palestine Society protesters chanted
â€œFrom the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.â€
Ashley Perry, Ayalonâ€™s media adviser said:
â€œComments like these show proof that the narrative on campuses have been hijacked by those who have a hatred for not only Israel but also Jewsâ€¦The event also proved that if the Israeli narrative is explained in a calm matter, as the deputy minister did, we can increase understanding among those who have not ever been exposed to another narrative.â€
Meanwhile, also on Monday night, this time at the University of California in Irvine, roughly 100 arab students tried to disturb a speech being given by Michael Oren, Israeli Ambassador to the United States.
Oren is touring the West Coast giving lectures, and he decided to visit Irvine despite the fact that the local campus is considered hostile to Israel.
Two groups of some fifty students gathered on either end of the lecture hall, which contained 700 people. Shortly after Oren began speaking, the arab students got up and begin their verbal assault.
One student cried,
“Michael Oren! Propagating murder is not an expression of free speech!”
The man’s yelling was followed by heavy applause and objections.
Once every few seconds a student would stand up in one of the corners of the hall and shout:
“I accuse you of murder”
“How many Palestinians have you killed?”
“Israel is a murderer”.
Oren had difficulty continuing his speech, and left to the next room while local police officers entered the hall and detained 10 students; he then came back and stated
“this is not Tehran,”
before continuing his speech.
Professor Mark P. Petracca, Direct of the University’s Political Science department, told the protesters:
“This is beyond embarrassing…this is no way for our undergraduate students to behave. We have an opportunity to hear from a policy maker relevant to one of the most important issues facing this planet and you are preventing not only yourself from hearing him but hundreds of other people in this room and hundreds of other people in an overflow room. Shame on you! This is not an example of free speech.”
Several months ago an event was held at UC Irvine, with the participation of British Parliament member, George Galloway, a prominent pro-Palestinian activist, in which donations were collected for Hamas.
The local Muslim Students Union at Irvine is under federal investigation, on suspicion of gathering funds for terror activity.