Both sides of the controversy surrounding a speech given by activist Nonie Darwish have sent strong letters regarding freedom of speech. The speech took place in February on the university campus. Anti-Israel protesters entered the room and interrupted the speech. Members of the audience pushed the protesters out of the room.
The University of New Mexico has sent letters to speech organizers reminding them that pushing out the hecklers could constitute a violation of school policy. The Global Frontier Justice Center sent a letter to the University of New Mexico president arguing that the hecklers denied Darwish's right to freedom of speech. They also complained that the hecklers attempted to accost elderly attendees of the speech.
Darwish is an Egyptian-American and founder of Arabs For Israel. Her speech was entitled "Why the Arab Spring is failing; How Israel is involved." It was attended by students and members of the University of New Mexico Israel Alliance. It was disrupted by a group called Students for Justice in Palestine.
For a video of the disruption click here.