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IDF Commando Who Assaulted the Mavi Marmara Bails on NYU Talk

Just off the phone with the office of David Rittberg, the Executive Director of the Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life at New York University.  David wasn’t in, but a staff member assured me he will be returning my call.  We’ll see.

I called David to find out what the “serious safety and security issues” are that have led the Bronfman Center to cancel what they had described on Tuesday as an “extremely unique opportunity to hear from an IDF Navy Seal who was one of the first Israelis to board the Mavi Maramara ship during the Turkish Flotilla incident last May.”

Max Blumenthal alerted many of us to this upcoming event late Tuesday on a facebook post:

Bringing an actual participant in the flotilla massacre to NYU? Now that’s rich!

That post linked to a post by Gilad Isaacs from NYU Students for Justice in Palestine:

In response to Students for Justice in Palestine’s increasingly successful “Israeli Apartheid Week,” zionists at NYU have put together “Israeli Peace Week.” And in a truly disgusting move, they have included – and advertised – a navy seal who was one of the first on board the Mavi Marmara. See below for part of the original email, which presents the war criminal as “an extremely unique opportunity.”

We need to send an unequivocal message that war criminals are not welcome on our campuses. Help Students for Justice in Palestine at NYU protest outside the building, and please forward this message, rsvp on facebook, and post/invite friends.

I’ve been looking for evidence that what Isaacs and NYU SJP were organizing might be considered a “serious safety and security issue,” and have found none yet.

Perhaps the cancellation had more to do with my comment at Mondoweiss, which led the comments at their article on this IDF Navy SEAL’s appearance:

Max Blumenthal put up a facebook post about this last night. I wonder if there’s a way to compare this IDF seal to images that were smuggled out by Iara Lee and others, to see if he was in the vicinity of Furkan Do?an at the time of the latter’s death. If so, could the IDF seal be detained and questioned under oath about what he knows? Are any Mavi Marmara passengers going to be there to see if they can ID him for possible crimes against any U.S. citizens aboard who survived?

The level of protest being planned for this event by NYU SJP appears from published reports to have been typical of the kinds of pushback both pro- and anti-Zionists groups engage in routinely at controversial events:

Mobilize against Mavi Marmara War Criminal @ NYU Thursday!

In response to Students for Justice in Palestine’s increasingly successful “Israeli Apartheid Week,” Zionists at NYU have put together “Israeli Peace Week.” And in a truly disgusting move, they have included – and advertised – a navy seal who was one of the first on board the Mavi Marmara. See below for part of the original email, which presents the war criminal as “an extremely unique opportunity.”

We need to send an unequivocal message that war criminals are not welcome on our campuses. Help Students for Justice in Palestine at NYU protest outside the building, and please forward this message, rsvp on facebook here, and post/invite friends.

Meet: 6pm, outside of Silver Center (100 Washington Sq E, 10003)

I’m going to continue looking into this.  If there were rational security concerns, we should certainly support the decision on the part of the presenters.  However, it appears at this time that the presenting organizations began to realize it was really a fucking stupid idea to put this possible poster boy for what has become so, so wrong with Israeli military actions up on the stage for all to see in the plain light of public view.

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