Palestinian Arab students tried, unsuccessfully, to interrupt a lecture by Israel’s Consul General in New York, Dani Dayan, at a local college.
The incident took place Thursday evening at the City College of New York campus. Dayan arrived at the campus for a conversation with students, when a group of about 20 students interrupted and shouted “Free Palestine” while waving the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) flag.
Ariel Ivgi, a student who was among the organizers of the lecture, said, "Dayan did not talk about something controversial. We asked him to talk about Israel's relations with world countries and Israel's position on the world economic map. As soon as the floor opened for questions, several people who were present began shouting: ‘You are killing children in Gaza’, and tried to interrupt what he said, and then they waved Palestinian flags."
Dayan, for his part, insisted on remaining on stage and responding to the students' calls. The event continued as planned, and the consul even agreed to answer questions from those who interrupted the lecture and repeatedly explained the Israeli position.
Following the lecture, Dayan said, “In my lecture to the students, I described the tremendous success of Israel in its 69 years of existence. It seems as though that the description of the prosperity and progress of Israel was too much for the Palestinian students in the audience and they started to go wild.”
"We were not deterred and continued to talk about the achievements of Zionism until they left the hall loudly. I was glad that the organizers told me afterwards that my words and answers to the demonstrators strengthened the pro-Israel side on the campus," Dayan concluded.
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