This following letter is from an eyewitness. His name is redacted over concern for his safety.
It is with much consternation and alarm that I am writing to inform you about the unfortunate event that happened on our campus on Thursday evening in the Student Union. Akiva Tor, Consul General of Israel and honored guest of the student group Spartans for Israel, was verbally abused and forcibly driven from the stage by anti-Zionist hecklers. As the moderator quickly lost control of the screaming crowd, Tor had to be escorted out of the room by a phalanx of security officers and campus policemen. It is outrageous that a foreign diplomat of a free and democratic nation was denied his free speech rights on our campus and mistreated in such an abhorrent manner. I and four other faculty watched the entire spectacle, helpless to put a stop to it, while dozens of pro-Israel and “non-aligned” students looked on in horror. One of the protesters approached me and threatened me personally (even though I was not a participant), stating that he knows where I work and how to find me and that I’d better be “looking over my shoulder” in the future. Prominent among the demonstrators were members of the MSA and the off-campus group South Bay Mobilization (some of whose leaders met with Hamas on Aug. 24 and were present at the event!). As you may know, the latter group has now co-sponsored three events on our campus with academic departments since August. (The administration feels that such co-sponsorship is protected under academic freedom, even though no university has an obligation to lend its good name to such groups and to partner with them in an official capacity. One wonders what is coming next? The KKK and the Aryan Brotherhood?)
As anticipated, the Spartan Daily has published extensive reports on Thursday’s event (attached as pdf’s), although the writers give little evidence of how brutal and aggressive the protesters actually were. They also understate the size of the audience (about 200):
At the bottom of the report, you will find five links:
1) Student Reaction to the event
2) An edited video of the event, which shows a student being removed from the stage. A must-see.
3) A photo blog.
4) A blog transcript (see attachment with yellow highlighting)
5) A link to reportage of last week’s anti-Israel events. Please read in full the commentary that follows this piece.
Finally, be sure to read this piece and especially the anti-Semitic rants that follow it:
Please feel free to let San Jose State University governance know of your concerns.
With best regards to all,
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