Thursday, February 19, 2009

Israeli consul general under fire at San Jose State University.

Nation: The usual collection of jerks and intolerant lynch mobs that show up at any Jewish event it seems these days to yell down anyone that doesn't tow the Palestinian line. A shame that a university in America and more places around the country are not putting a stop to it.

In a scene that was more a madhouse than a discussion, Akiva Tor, consul general of Israel for the Pacific Northwest region, was unable to finish his discussion about the conflict in the Gaza Strip in the Student Union Thursday night.

The moderator of the event, Frances Edwards, ended the discussion 15 minutes early as audience members turned their questions into pro-Palestinian speeches, while calling him a liar and heckling at him. More than half of the 130 people in attendance supported the Palestinian cause.

"I think it was very disappointing that we couldn't have intellectual discourse in a polite environment," said Frances Edwards, a political science associate professor.

Tor discussed two topics, the election of Israel's next prime minister on Feb. 10 and the conflict in Gaza, before taking questions from the audience.

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