A lecture given by MK Aliza Lavie (Yesh Atid) at the Humboldt University of Berlin Tuesday was interrupted by a group of BDS activists, including a number of Israelis.
The event was held in the framework of a visit by a delegation of
young people from the Yesh Atid political party in Berlin and Frankfurt,
led by MK Aliza Lavie. The delegation aimed to promote information
activities among students on leading campuses in Germany, and to hold a
series of meetings with members of parliament, representatives of the
Jewish community, students, and public opinion leaders.
The disruption took place several minutes after MK Lavie began her
lecture. The BDS activists began shouting and cursing and did not allow
the lecture to continue or a discussion to take place. Lavie's attempts
to reply and hold a discussion were met with screams accusing her "a
child murderer" and that "the blood of the Gaza Strip is on your hands."
The rioters also accused Israel of apartheid and war crimes. A
protester who identified himself as "a journalist from Gaza" said that
he was quoting materials from the radical Israeli organizations B'Tselem
and Breaking the Silence.
Those present said that the provocation was staged and planned in
advance in order to discredit Israel and prevent the Israeli
representatives from speaking.
The scene played out before Devorah Weinstein, an 82 year old
Holocaust survivor who participated in the delegation. The delegation
had just visited the monument in the library square of the university,
where in 1933 German students and lecturers burned tens of thousands of
books of Jews and opponents of the Nazi regime.
At the end of the event, 20 BDS activists were waiting outside, so
Lavie and the members of the delegation were taken out through the back
exit and were accompanied by security.
"No one in Israel and around the world will prevent us from telling
the truth and driving back the industry of lies and incitement against
Israel," MK Lavie said, "Unfortunately my lecture quickly turned into a
violent and anti-Semitic demonstration of BDS activists, including
Israelis, who did not let me speak."
"This is the ugly face of the boycott industry and the BDS movement.
They are not fighting for peace or rights, but against the right of the
Jewish people to a national home in the State of Israel. It saddens me
that Deborah, a Holocaust survivor, should have witnessed this shameful
spectacle. "We will continue to fight the industry of lies and
delegitimization of Israel everywhere and above every stage," added
Holocaust survivor Dvorah Weinstein said, "They came in advance to
destroy and spoil, but it will not help them. Our work is completed.
Many people, even those who were not for us, came, listened and asked
questions, and wanted to hear us. I am sorry for that group of violent
rioters, but I am not afraid and I will continue with this work. "