Just as Dayan was due to start his talk on “The Legal Strategy of Israeli Settlements” in occupied Palestine on Wednesday, students who had filled the lecture theater stood up, lifted placards reading “Settlements are a war crime” and walked out of the room in silence, Middle East Monitor reported on Friday.
The gesture reportedly made a significant impact on Dayan as he was heard muttering “I remember doing this in kindergarten” while the auditorium emptied. He was then left to continue with his speech to the few audience members who remained.
This is not the first time that the invitation of Israeli officials or pro-Israeli figures to events at universities have been condemned by students and activists. With some facing such protests accusing demonstrators of repressing free speech.
In May last year, the former strongly pro-Israel US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley had her speech at the University of Houston interrupted by protestors screaming “Nikki Haley, the blood is on your hands!”