Monday, February 22, 2010

Video: UC Irvine Protest of Israel's Ambassador



Film shows Israel's Ambassador to the US, Michael Oren, trying to speak at UC Irvine on February 8, 2010, during numerous shouts trying to drown him out. Ambassador Oren persevered, completing his remarks and commenting at the end, when most of the protestors leave the room that he wished they had stayed, as he wanted to communicate with them.

Education is our biggest tool in promoting understanding and acceptance. UC Irvine is right to discipline these students (some were allegedly going to be arrested and possibly dismissed from school) who chose to shout insults at the speaker rather than wait for the Q&A and ask him about the issues. Here in the U.S., in California, of all places, we should be able to have a dialogue with opposing viewpoints.

This is why projects like our film, An Unbroken Chain are so critical. Education is the key.

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