Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90) (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Nir Barkat

Far-Left and Arab Hebrew University students disrupted a lecture by Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, who responded by slamming their denial of free speech.  

Far-Left and Arab students disrupted Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat’s lecture on Wednesday evening at Hebrew University, holding signs and shouting derogatory slogans at him.

Once the lecture began, several protesters stood and shouted at the mayor, referring to Jerusalem as an occupied city.

“We will not bow our heads to the violence and incitement of the radical Left,” Barkat retorted. “It is unfortunate that those who claim to promote the values of freedom of expression try to silence those who don’t agree with them.”

Once the protesters were removed, Barkat delivered his speech as planned.

“There is one law in Jerusalem – for Jews and Arabs alike. We will continue to work, without prejudice or exemptions, to ensure law and order in Israel’s united capital,” he stressed.

Barkat’s lecture was delivered within the framework of Im Tirtzu’s Seminars for Zionist Thought, the largest Zionist academic extra-curricular program in Israel.

The Seminars for Zionist Thought is the flagship academic program of the Zionist advocacy group Im Tirtzu, which was established to impart pro-Israel and Zionist knowledge to Israeli students and to combat the growing phenomenon of anti-Zionism in the Israeli academic curriculum.

Im Tirtzu CEO Matan Peleg said the hostile disruption “crossed a red line” and called on Education Minister Naftali Bennett to demand the university president act against the protesters.

“What happened tonight was a disgraceful attempt to silence free speech,” said Peleg. “Im Tirtzu has never been deterred by the radical-Left and will never be deterred by them in the future. We will continue running the Seminars for Zionist Thought on campuses throughout the country and will continue to provide students with pro-Israel knowledge from the leading Zionist lectures in Israel.”

By: United with Israel Staff