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June 21, 2017 11:58 am

Protesters Disrupt Israeli Lawmaker Giving Lecture at Berlin’s Humboldt University, Call Her ‘Child Killer’

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Humboldt University in Berlin. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

A member of the Israeli Knesset was called a “child killer” by protesters who shouted her down during a lecture on Tuesday at Berlin’s Humboldt University, the Hebrew news site NRG reported.

Aliza Lavie, of the centrist Yesh Atid party, was several minutes into her talk on “Life in Israel — Terror, Bias and the Chances for Peace” when demonstrators — including some Israelis, according to the report — began chanting and cursing at the politician, including telling her that the blood of Gazan children was on her hands.

One protester reportedly identified himself as a “journalist from Gaza” and stated he was quoting materials from the controversial Israeli NGOs B’Tselem and Breaking the Silence.

In footage of the protest, one hears Lavie stating calmly over the shouting, “I came here to talk, I came here to listen.”

Security reportedly had to escort Lavie and her group out of a back exit, as some 20 demonstrators were waiting for them outside.

Lavie was in Germany with a delegation of Yesh Atid political activists, whose stops included talks with government officials,  Jewish leaders, public figures and students.

The protest took place after the delegation had visited a monument in the Bebelplatz, a public square near the Humboldt library, where in 1933 German students burned some 20,000 books written by Jews and political opponents of the Nazis.

Devorah Weinstein, an 82-year-Holocaust survivor with the group, said the protesters “came from the beginning to destroy and ruin [the event], but it won’t do them any good.”

“We did and will continue to do our work,” said Weinstein. “Many people attended — including those who disagree with us — to listen and ask questions. I feel bad for the group of violent rioters, but I am not afraid and I will continue with this work.”

Lavie wrote on Facebook on Wednesday, “They will not silence us.”

“From Germany of the 1930s to Germany of 2017 — the hatred of the Jewish nation still exists, the incitement and lies still exist, but with one difference,” Lavie wrote. “We won’t be quiet any longer. We won’t hide our faces any longer. Today, we are strong enough to stand determined and insistent for the truth everywhere — in Israel and the world.”

Watch footage of the protest below:

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  • Bruce Kugler

    Some people would say isn’t that terrible they physically had to drag the protestors away, and i am thinking look how long they let the man initially go on, blindly trying to stop the talk, putting the attention on himself and what he had to say. Think about other places in the world and how someone getting up and doing that would be “reacted” to. Immediately grabbed and tossed, if not arrested. There’s a place for protest, but this isn’t it. it seems rather unmodulated anger and a total denial of others’ rights of expression, and what the audience came for as well. Just because he individually felt justified by his position and cause to take over, he did, and they let him go on to express himself. But even when they tried to stop him, enough already, nope, screw you. Regardless of their position, such people seem arrogant and narcissistic, with a total denial of what was collectively agreed upon as the purpose and format of the gathering. Write articles, get together with others and protest, but this is just self centered, screw everyone else crap. The have contempt for everyone, and nothing good comes from it, even for themselves. They just go away thinking they were silenced, which is projection at it’s finest.