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Anat Berko, shown speaking at Binghamton University on Oct. 6, spoke at the University of Florida, Gainesville on Oct. 10.

“The ironic thing is that Dr. Berko really provided us with so much information about the lives of these [attempted or trained homicide bomber] women, she gave them a voice no one else has,” Gridi marveled, “yet these SJP students who walked out without listening to what Dr. Berko said complained that those woman should have a voice and that’s why Berko should not have been invited to campus.

“You know, it’s a perfect metaphor for the peace process,” Gridi continued, “they like to yell and scream, but they won’t listen.”

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Gridi was also referring to an op-ed by what purport to be three of the four SJP students who walked out of Berko’s talk. The op-ed was published on Sunday, Oct. 13 in the Alligator, the school newspaper.

The hecklers complained about the event “they attended” and went on to describe Berko’s talk, her “faux feminism” and described Berko, a “representative of the occupation,” as screaming and threatening them and having “a zero-tolerance policy for any sort of dissent.”

There must be something in the water in the great state of Florida (in addition to alligators), because the student responses to the op-ed summarily reject the flabby SJP demonstration, their empty rhetoric and the absurdity of criticizing a talk which the authors even acknowledge they hadn’t attended.

Go ‘Gators!

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Lori Lowenthal Marcus is a contributor to the JewishPress.com. A graduate of Harvard Law School, she previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools. You can reach her by email: Lori@JewishPressOnline.com

42 COMMENTS

  1. Right on sister…this is yet another example of the mind-bending stupidity of of the sloganeers who depend on their gonads for mental prowess, rather than an informed brain. It is also a demonstration of why these types don't launch off against, Syria, Hamas, Hezbollah and the rest of the dirty dozen…because Israel won't slap their little heinies for being ignorant fools.

  2. Unfortunately, there are too many ignorant college students who think of nothing but to disrupt any speaker who is telling the truth about the real situation in Israel. They are cowards in every sense of the word. They do not know how to listen because they have been brainwashed by the stupid media. They should have been restrained with tape put over their mouths and been made to sit and listen. Even if this did happen it would not matter to these people because they would just go on to the next speaker and do the same thing. Congratulations to Miss Berko for speaking out at the time.

  3. Cody Flecker The Jews of South Africa would respond to your brilliant comment but we're currently being chased by the Zombies that live here. Please send Brad Pitt and some management consultants to help urgently. Thank you.

  4. unfortunately if more Jews would stop voting Democrat, Israel would have friends in the white house instead of enemies that support Israel's enemies. the protesters were Democrats……do you finally get it? Stop voting Democrat. They are not friends of Israel!

  5. I am an independent. Israel will do what israel needs to do regardless of the party in power in the U.S. I am not enthralled with our current foreign policy, but I do not think having the Tea Party in power is a panacea for Israel or anyone else.

  6. Would love to have been there, must get hold of Dr. Berko’s books! More
    speakers on the subject of the Middle East with Dr. Berko’s credentials
    will be extremely useful. Silly air headed girls!

  7. We need a couple of thousand Anat Berkos to go around the United States, Canada and there might even still be hope for parts of Europe and just provide information to the public, including all those ignoramuses who are looking only to incite. Some of them may even stop to listen and learn something at some point in time.

  8. This group is not "Anti-Israel", and they were peacefully protesting – just because you do not agree with their point of view does not mean you can misrepresent them as a bunch of heckling "American college students".

  9. Right-wing Israelis and Zionists downplaying the significance and value of peaceful protest is nothing new. They're so used to using bullets and white phosphorus that it's hard for them to find another outlet of expression and instead resort to collectivizing an entire resistance movement as a group of disgruntled hecklers.

  10. MARGARITA:

    I AM AN AMERICAN, BORN AND RAISED, IN THE USA. I AM AN EISENSTEIN, HOWEVER, WE SPELL THE NAME DIFFERENTLY.
    PARENTS MIGRATED FROM THYEN RUSSIA/POLAND FROM A VILLAGE CALLED KRINKI IN 1910. HAVE RELATIONS ON MY MOTHERS SIDE WHOM LIVE IN ISRAEL THEIR AMERICANIZED NAME WOULD BE ROUTBART. DO YOU THYINK THERE IS ANY RELATUIONSHIP.

    LEONARD EISENSTEIN
    NEVADA_LEN@HOTMAIL.COM

  11. Kristalnacht 1938 – Israel 2013.

    This weekend is the 75th anniversary of Kristalnacht – the Night of Broken Glass – when over a thousands synagogues were destroyed and 30,000 Jews were taken to concentration camps in Nazi Germany.
    Listen to this powerful and poignant presentation by Barry Shaw about Kristalnacht and its significance today as he speaks on Pastor Jerry Clark's 'A Christian Voice for Israel.'

    https://soundcloud.com/pastor-jerry/a-christian-voice-for-israel-5#!

  12. What a silly thing to say. If they want to "protest," they could protest outside, or, basically wherever they want to go. What they cannot do is attempt to stifle the free speech of someone they disagree with.

    Also…they aren't anti-Israel? They are, by definition, anti-Israel. Come on now.

  13. you make a good point, and yes they are "anti-Israel". Honestly, you made a good point – and after reading my comment, it doesn't make sense! I'm sorry about that.

    I still think that their protest was misrepresented in this article, however. I would like to draw attention to the fact that the leaders of this group are motivated by a search for justice, not for a "spotlight". The walkout is not trying to suppress the other group's free speech, but rather it is a way of drawing to attention that these events – which appear normal and innocent to many people – are actually a way of normalizing the Israeli government's mistreatment of the Palestinians.

  14. Brian Schwartz , what you said directly reflects SJP's actions – they wanted to protest AT the event (not outside), so they did just that. They were not attempting to stifle Anat Berko's freedom of speech, just countering her argument as well as bringing up relevant truths to the dialogue. If Berko's agenda was morally sound and the state that she represents was not currently enforcing an apartheid upon a million people that the world is slowly starting to become very aware (and displeased) of, then these "heckling American college students" would not have been "heckling" at all.

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