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Nonie Darwish Hatefest: Peaceful Protesters are attacked at an ‘Israel Alliance’ event at U of New Mexico

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Update: Second video added below

Violence broke out at the University of New Mexico campus during a peaceful protest on February 23rd of a lecture by Nonie Darwish, sponsored by UNM Israel Alliance, an affiliate of StandWithUs.

As you can see, members of the audience assaulted a number of UNM studentswhen they began their ‘mic-checking’ action.

The public lecture, “The Arab Spring: Why it’s Failing and How Israel is Involved,”  began at 7PM in the Anthropology lecture hall.  UNM students protested against the Islamophobic rhetoric put forward by Darwish, an author and founder of Arabs For Israel. When the students raised their voices, a number of audience members got out of their seats and used force against the students.

Jordan Whelchel, a UNM student:

“The response to this non-violent protest was a violent assault by parts of the crowd. The mic-check was shouted down by a few of the pro-Israel audience members who began physically forcing the protestors out of the auditorium. One of the pro-Palestine activists, a young woman who studies at UNM, had her face scratched and her hair pulled. A young man was forcibly pulled over a row of seats. One was nearly punched in the face, though another protestor intervened to stop the assailant by putting himself in the way. A phone was destroyed, and a camera only narrowly avoided the same fate.

This reaction came as a shock to the protestors. They desired to use words to shake people out of their comfort and complacency , they anticipated words in return, but were met with fists and shoulders. The only people who protected protestors from physical assault were other protestors. In the hallway, the ones who used a protest tactic widely endorsed by Arab Spring activists were called anti-democratic, pro-terrorist, and so on. “

A student caught much of the event on film before another audience member pushed down her camera. The students were then forced out of the auditorium and called the UNM police, who arrived and filed a report on the incident.

These students were assaulted on UNM campus for simply trying to make their voices heard. It is a shock that a non-violent action was met with such aggression.

UPDATE: Here’s is another video of the action. Note the man lunge into the protesters at 17 seconds:

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41 Comments »

  1. Strange. This is sorta like the Zombie Mohammad case. It is against US law to interrupt a meeting.

  2. Jordan Whelchel, a UNM student: Your right to critise does not give you any right to interrupt while Ms Darwish is speaking. You only succeeded in making yourselves appear to be juvenile.

  3. Similar to the case where muslim students interrupted the Israeli ambassador at Cornell. It is against US law to interrupt a meeting.

    Ask yourself if the roles were reversed, if the audience had been muslims interrupted by kuffar, would you now be supporting, excusing their violence?

    This is maybe the way US society will slide into the massacre exchange going on in other countries with muslim populations. This minor set to will finally become murderous.

  4. That woman had nothing intelligent to say. She was spouting lies about Islam, and some students tried to call her out on it. Her zionist zombies attacked people for trying to tell the truth. I hope the attackers are arrested.

  5. Although I am no fan of Nonie Darwish (and the multitude of fake ex-Muslims profiteering off of hate speech), the UNM students were naive to think that such a response would not result from their yelling and screaming.

    This is such a sensitive issue and even though I understand they were trying to encourage dialog on the subject, they did it very disrespectfully and should have been more tactful.

    Honestly, the best way to do it in a public setting is to organize a similar lecture or discussion where people can calmly and rationally discuss these highly sensitive topics.

    Just goes to show, the truth hurts. Those people would not have been offended if what was being said was not true.

  6. Nah, Khutbah. People get offended by lies just as much as by the truth.

    I do think if the roles were reversed muslims would be justifying their violent response.

  7. damn. why can’t people just get along? there are enough ways to suffer and die without hate adding another one.

  8. I am a UNM student. I kind of wonder how the protestors would have felt had their lecture by Norm Finkelstein (a member of the extreme anti-Zionist left) a few months back been “mic-checked” by pro-Israelis. The mic-checking is cool in some contexts, and just an obnoxious disruption in others. The violence was, of course, unnecessary.

  9. What ever happened to the constitutional right to peaceful and lawful assembly? It matters not whether or not one agrees with the person or group leading the meeting. They still have the right to freedom of speech and assembly as guaranteed by our founding fathers. This violent interruption of a peaceful protest is unlawful, uncalled for and immoral.

  10. You can’t expect reason from any supporter of Israel. If they support Israel, they support the torture, death, and oppression of the most criminal nation in history. A nation which shouldn’t even exist.

  11. Islamophoia? How about Israeliphobia. The prior is getting out of hand. I guess freedom of speech and assembly only applies to certain groups with particular politically acceptable persuasions. This is unamerican and unacceptable behavior.

  12. Anon
    You mean while he was jabbering about how Arabs are treated so greatly there and the protesters only stood up and silently held up posters with legit facts proving otherwise. Never made a sound

  13. How is it failing you freak, your own country got rid of that Tyrant Mubarak and you were probably one of the ones calling for his blood, sickening disgusting liar.

  14. Gandhi taught about non-violence, and dignity. There is no question that he wanted Indians who came through the process as better people at the end – then in the beginning! This melee is typical Muslim v Jewish/Zionist, and continues to reenforce the notion in America that these two groups are utterly incapable of settling differences except through violence! This is juvenile behavior both spiritually and sociopolitically. I believe there is a great deal of bigotry in the U.S. concerning Islamists, and that is why I will continue to read this blog. I will however call it the way I see it, and hope that all Islamists will strive for dignity and hope!

  15. I think this ENTIRE article was taken out of context. Upon reading it it leads you to believe (wrongly I would imagine) that all the Arabs/Muslims were attacked in the audience by the pro-Israelis in the audience. From the clip I saw it just looked like some shouting and maybe a little bit of pushing people around. Who knows what side each person in that audience was on, if you can even say “sides” for that matter. I highly respect Nonie Darwish, and her group “Arabs for Israel.” It’s press like this that causes people like Smith above and those reading the article without the proper filter to be as beligerant and uninformed as what I guarantee Ms. Darwish was trying to speak against. Shame on all involved for reacting as they did. This should have been a learning experience for everybody there.

  16. Two wrongs don’t make it right. The case where pro-Palestinian protesters interrupted the Israeli Ambassador and this case demonstrate how civil discussion can be derailed by extremists on both sides of the divide. We should be condemning and punishing the extremists. Universities were established to allow for open debate on issues from various perspectives. There is a time to sit and quietly listen and then politely raise questions to the speaker that questions their position. Outright demonstrations during an event is unacceptable behavior among adults including college KIDS. This is not an issue of Islamophobia or antisemitism, but common sense behavior at public events. Calling it a “Hatefest” only adds fuel to the fire and seems to be contrary to objective journalism.

  17. Two wrongs don’t make it right. The case where pro-Palestinian protesters interrupted the Israeli Ambassador and this case demonstrate how civil discussion can be derailed by extremists on both sides of the divide. We should be condemning and punishing the extremists. Universities were established to allow for open debate on issues from various perspectives. There is a time to sit and quietly listen and then politely raise questions to the speaker that questions their position. Outright demonstrations during an event is unacceptable behavior among adults including college KIDS. This is not an issue of Islamophobia or antisemitism, but common sense behavior at public events. Calling it a “Hatefest” only adds fuel to the fire and seems to be contrary to objective journalism.

  18. I find the remarks of Rev. Pete Monk Smith to be exceedingly biased and unacceptable as a gross generalization of those who support Israel. How can he make such absurd assertions like that and the editor doesn’t warn him about it?

  19. Freedom of speech does not mean freedom from having your views challenged.

  20. Israel fails any test for human rights violations. They are not very nice.
    They will be a lot nicer when EVERY Arab state acknowledges their right to exist. I am not a fan of Israel, but it is undeniable that the hatred is due to some predominantly Islamic countries which do not recognize them as a state. Don’t blame Israel for that.

    Any confrontation between college age students has the potential for a shouting match. BTW, you cannot have a silent protest when you have posters. The only silent posters are blank.

  21. This was the fault of the protesters, who should not have been there to disrupt the meeting. That is asking for it. I saw plenty of protests in college, and took part in my share. This was an extremely mild confrontation. No paramedics, no ambulances, big deal.

    BTW, the Rev. Pete Monk Smith needs to go scoot back under his rock before someone steps on him.

  22. Ignorance is Bliss!

  23. I am ashamed of the students doing the “mic-check” disruption. They did not think things through. I sat in many a “sit-in” in the 1960’s and THAT was peaceful. They did not help the cause of their opinons, they sabatauged their own effort. Sad.

  24. This interpretation is warped and incendiary.

  25. may one’s ears be bigger than one’s mouth… all the way around. Peace.

  26. The whole event was a fiasco and none of it was necessary. Although the protesters should have piped up at a designated and appropriate time, I have never seen an instance where one is physically attacked for speaking out of turn. CAN EVERYONE JUST GO TO THEIR CORNERS AND STAY THERE PRAYING IF THEY CAN”T STAND TOGETHER PLAYING NICE!?! I’m going to my corner to pray now.

  27. Those in the hall who pushed, shoved, punched, scratched those who were there protesting were equally juvenile, though they seemed to me to be much older chronologically and should have been wiser. Why did they themselves resort to violence? It’s an interesting sociological phenom . . .they’re there at the lecture to bask in the cliches that a group they dislike is inherently violent, and then, provoked by an angry opposition’s mere words, they became violent!
    I also daresay that most in the audience to see the speaker were not college students but outside guests. I’ve yet to hear from the groups who were there to oppose the speaker but who did not take part in the vocal protest.

  28. Never made a sound? Elle, go read something.

  29. The US is able to contain thousands of tribes and groups more or less peacefully. Having a law against interrupting a meeting is one of the ways we do that.

    Having another law that says you can’t physically attack a person because you don’t like what they are saying/doing is another way we do that.

    Having freedom of speech is yet another way.

  30. Racism rears it’s ugly head once again.

  31. stop. just stop. just because i “like” your “Americans against Islamophobia” doesn’t mean i like your hating and fear-mongering. I’m Jewish, married to a Muslim, and think that the above post was out of line.

  32. stop. just stop. just because i “like” your “Americans against Islamophobia” doesn’t mean i like your hating and fear-mongering. I’m Jewish, married to a Muslim, and think that the above post was out of line.

  33. not the comment above, but the article and subsequent hateful comments.

  34. how was it out of line?

  35. Huh, New Mexico is probably the last place I’d expect to be a battleground for the Israel/Palestine conflict.

  36. I stopped reading at spread by the sword, skimmed read the rest you claim the Bible and Torah have no need for people to fight or physical confrontations are you serious? Also some how that makes you more civilised? I have nothing against anyone but dont hear making claims and putting in false pretence. Most religious scriptures will allow physical confrontation if your beliefs are being harassed and the Bible and Torah and not any different. Right now I can give you a dozen or so quotes from either book which would seem violent. But they would not be in context so the meaning would not be clear.

  37. It’s with the grace of Allah that some people are still on this earth. We all have our time and not a second more. Some people Allah gave brains to think while others he did the same thing but just enough for the brain to tell the body to breath. Personally I am tired of all the shenanigans; humanity has more on its mind these days. I hope everyone who is against being a good human being, kill themselves and save mother earth the water, food it would take to keep them living.

  38. Lol Anon
    My teacher was at a protest for it. That very one. They stood up holding posters denying his lies and almost no one was left by the time he was done. Maybe it wasnt on the news.

    That girl who interrupted Bibis speech. Got dragged out a beaten to a bloody pulp. I thought they would just marandize here and arrest her which should still be illegal because of of the CONSTITUTION. Lord did you take US history? Maybe a 1000 yrs ago

  39. It is against US law to interrupt a meeting and this particular subject is a passionate one. Am not surprised at the audience reaction.

    If the peoples involved were reversed, muslims would be applauding the violence. Gotta beat’em up for Allah and the deen!

    Every time muslims are shown a mirror image of themselves they are appalled.

  40. Anon

    Again with the ‘all Muslims are the same’ stuff. You are seriously testing my patience Anonymous. Get it into your head. There are Muslins who do resist the Middle East. And no, we dont like the violence as much as you think. And no, it’s not a mirror image. Im burning inside with frustration. all because of a little pig head with no name because he’s a coward. Likes to be a cyber bully. Ohh, yeaa, Pikachu Know everything! Its obvious Im the only Muslim youve ever spoken to. Lol cuz you know like one word in Arabic suddenly your a world renowned psychiatrist, scholar, and sheikh. Tell me. What do these words mean:

    Allah
    Jihad
    Salah
    Zakat
    Hajj
    Kabaa
    Nisaa
    Jinn
    Noor
    Jibreel
    Injeel
    Salam
    Deen
    Rabb
    Khushoo’
    Mandeel
    Hijab

    I have many more, but since you’re so smart, i beg, tell me the meanings of these words. If you dont, why I will lose faith in my dearly beloved pig head of a scholar.

  41. Lol Love how you didn’t answer. Still looking them up?

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