Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert came under thick verbal fire when he delivered the Abdullah II Leadership Lecture at the University of Chicago's Harris School of Public Policy Friday.
Many of the people in the hall had apparently come there with the intent of interrupting Olmert's speech, and did so by getting up, one after the other, and hurling epithets like “murderer” and “war criminal” at him.
When one of the Arabs asked “how many children have to die?”, Olmert answered with a steady voice: “This is a question that many Israelis have been asking for the past eight years.” Several dozen Arab students also demonstrated outside the lecture hall, as did several pro-Israel demonstrators.
For a video of the event filmed and edited by an anti-Israel group – click here.
Shomron spokesman's speech in Melbourne canceled
The University of Melbourne, Australia, canceled a planned lecture by David Ha’Ivri, spokesman for the Jewish communities of the Shomron (Samaria), citing security concerns and lack of sufficient notification. Organizers of the lecture were skeptical of this explanation, and estimated that the cancellation was motivated by concern over Muslim students' reactions. Ha'Ivri will be embarking on a speaking tour of the Australian Jewish community this Wednesday.
At community gatherings, Ha'ivri's talks will be accompanied by video presentations on life in Samaria and the issue of Joseph's tomb, which was desecrated by the Arabs in Shechem. Ha’Ivri will give a talk at the Ohel Devorah Chabad Center in East St Kilda and at the Beth Weizman Synagogue in Caulfield South.