AUSTIN, Texas – University of Texas at Austin faculty members were involved in an altercation with Palestine protesters recently on the UT campus.
The incident apparently occurred Friday, November 13, 2015 during a public event hosted by UT’s Institute for Israeli Studies.
The following video was posted to YouTube by the Palestine Solidarity Committee of UT Austin. The group claims the faculty members intimidated the protesters.
The video shows the faculty members asking the protesters to leave before the group begins to shout and make demands.
The protesters can be seen wearing black and white scarves and holding a Palestinian flag.
The University’s College of Liberal Arts responded to the video in the following statement:
The University of Texas at Austin strives to be a campus where people with different viewpoints can debate issues —including the Israeli – Palestinian conflict — openly and respectfully.
Our Institute for Israel Studies has always strived to do that and, on Friday, invited an esteemed scholar to deliver remarks and engage in critical debate.
The university has existing protocols for protesters to voice their points of view and be heard effectively. We are trying to determine if they were followed in this case.
Responding to a call from the event, University Police spoke with all the parties involved on Friday. My office will do the same. We are gathering more information and looking for ways to improve the constructive dialogue on campus.