VIDEO: UCLA students stage walk-out at StandWithUs event featuring Israeli soldiers 6Mar12 March 6, 2012
Nora Barrows-Friedman blogÂ -Â Electronic IntifadaÂ -Â 3 March 2012
During Palestine Awareness Week last week, students at UCLA held a memorial for Palestinians killed during Israelâs 2008-09 attacks on the Gaza strip. Days later, Israel lobby organization StandWithUs and the campus group âBruins for Israelâ held an event featuring presentations by two Israeli soldiers.
As the soldiers began their presentation, they acknowledged that there was going to be a walkout taking place. As soon as one of the soldiers mentioned Operation Cast Lead (âin 2008, Israel said âenough is enoughââ), activists stood up, placed tape over their mouths, and held signs with the names of some of the more than 350 children killed in Israelâs attacks.
They then silently walked out of the auditorium.
This latest walkout comes just about a week after a similar action at a StandWithUs-sponsored event at Michigan State University.