US: 11 students held for disrupting Israeli's speech

Soon after Israeli ambassador to the US Michael Oren began his speech last Monday night at the University of California, Irvine, the first student rose, writes Raja Abdulrahim for the Los Angeles Times. "Michael Oren, propagating murder is not an expression of free speech," the student in a gray hoodie yelled. The remainder of his words were drowned out by an uproar of cheering and clapping from students before he was led away by university police. It was the first of 10 interruptions throughout the speech, and by the end of the night, 11 students had been arrested and cited for disturbing a public event.

The students were held in a nearby room until Oren finished his speech and were then released, said university spokeswoman Cathy Lawhon. They could face misdemeanor charges as well as university disciplinary hearings that could result in suspensions or dismissals, Lawhon said. After the fourth disruption, Oren took a 20-minute break before he returned.

The speech about US-Israeli relations was organised by several organizations and campus departments "to address tough issues in an open kind of way," said Shalom Elcott, president and chief executive of the Jewish Federation of Orange County.
Full report on the Los Angeles Times website