Anti-Zionism at Brandeis: Dichter Booed as a ‘War Criminal’
Anti-Zionists at Brandeis have taken their turn at trying to silence free speech, one year after California students silenced Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren. This time, Kadima Knesset Member Avi Dichter was their target and was called a “war criminal.”
Members of Brandeis University’s Students for Justice in Palestine (BSJP) boisterously halted a university panel discussion of six visiting members of the Israeli Knesset Monday evening, shouting for the arrest of “war criminals." Security personnel peacefully escorted them out of the hall.
Approximately a dozen students accused Dichter, former head of the Israel Security Agency, of torture and being responsible for the bombing of civilians. They tried to distribute arrest warrants before being led away.
"Don't worry Avi Dichter, we'll meet you in the Hague,” said one of the students in Hebrew.
One student said the protest against the MKs was not meant to deny free speech and was intended to express what one student said was the ”right to hold them publicly accountable for their crimes.” according to the Alternative Information Center.
The student, quoted by the added that the one-minute outburst ”serves as a message that Dichter should not feel welcome, even at Brandeis University."
The students also labeled as “racist” recent legislation for a loyalty oath, which exists in the United States and is common in most democracies, and outlawing the teaching of Israeli Independence Day as a “catastrophe” known as the Nakba in Arabic.