Police arrested 12 hecklers who interfered with an address being delivered by Israeli Ambassador to Washington Dr. Michael Oren, who was speaking in Irving University in Los Angeles. The people taken into custody simply did not permit Oren to continue with his address, shouting “murderers” and “how many Palestinians did you kill?”
Despite the interruptions, Dr. Oren received warm support from the audience, and after taking a break the event continued.
When University Chancellor Michael Drake expressed his sorrow over the incidents, citing he was embarrassed, his remarks were met with both applause and boos.
According to the coverage of the 12 arrests appearing in the Orange County Register, the ambassador was addressing an audience of 500 and the hecklers interrupted him no less than 10 times. UCI Police Chief Paul Henisey said it is not clear whether any of the protesters are UCI students.
The newspaper report adds that hours before the address, “Hours earlier, UCI’s Muslim Student Union said in an email today that its members ‘condemn and oppose the presence of Michael Oren, the ambassador of Israel to the United States, on our campus today. We resent that the Law School and the Political Science Department on our campus have agreed to cosponsor a public figure who represents a state that continues to break international and humanitarian law and is condemned by more UN Human Rights Council resolutions than all other countries in the world combined.’”
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)