During Palestine Awareness Week last week, students at UCLA held a memorial for Palestinians killed during Israel’s 2008-09 attacks on the Gaza strip. Days later, Israel lobby organization StandWithUs and the campus group “Bruins for Israel” 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 (“in 2008, Israel said ‘enough is enough’ ”), activists stood up, placed tape over their mouths, and held signs with the names of some of the more than 350 children killed in Israel’s attacks.
They then silently walked out of the auditorium. The action was organized by UCLA’s Students for Justice in Palestine.
This latest walkout comes just about a week after a similar action at a StandWithUs-sponsored event at Michigan State University.