Students didn’t want to listen to Hillary Clinton any further.
The protest completely embarrassed her.
Hillary Clinton was publicly humiliated by this walkout right in the middle of her speech.
A group of 30 students at Columbia University walked out during a two-hour lecture given by Hillary Clinton on the role of women in the peace process.
Clinton was about halfway through her lecture, which also featured Dr. Keren Yarhi-Milo, Dean of Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs, when students packed up their books and left the class.
The students gathered near the lobby of the International Affairs Building to protest against the school’s lack of action when the names and photos of students who had signed a letter holding Israel responsible for Hamas’ violent attacks were plastered on the side of a truck with the words “Columbia’s Leading Antisemites.”
“The weight of responsibility for the war and casualties undeniably lies with the Israeli extremist government and other Western governments, including the U.S. government, which fund and staunchly support Israeli aggression, apartheid and settler-colonization,” their letter read.
Students allege their photos and personal information had been taken from an internal, private student portal.
In response, Columbia University’s president praised the “persistence” of the students accused of antisemitism.
In an email to the community Wednesday, Columbia University president Minouche Shafik and Barnard College president Laura Rosenbury announced the campus would create a “Doxing Resource Group” to “serve as a centralized point of contact for issues related to doxing, harassment, and online security.”
“The deliberate harassment and targeting of members of our community by doxing, a dangerous form of intimidation, is unacceptable,” they wrote. “Many individuals, including students across several schools, have been subject to these attacks by third parties. This includes disturbing incidents in which trucks have circled the Columbia campus displaying and publicizing the names and photos of Arab, Muslim and Palestinian students.”
“We are grateful for the persistence and perseverance of the students, and their families, in the face of this harassment,” Shafik and Rosenbury continued. “We are assembling available resources to support them and the staff and faculty who are by their side.”
Clinton has not publicly addressed the walk out.
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