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On Campus, Is Heckling Free Speech? Or Just Rude?


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Lady
- 3402 days ago - usatoday.com
Every few minutes during a talk last week at the University of California at Irvine, the same thing happened. A student would get up, shout something critical of Israel, be applauded by some in the audience, and be led away by police.



   

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Bette M (91)
Thursday February 18, 2010, 6:44 am
It is rude, crude, & ugly.
Indicates a lack of intelligence & upbring!!

Plant & protect trees for life..................
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday February 20, 2010, 1:59 am
It is totally unacceptable to interrupt the speech of the ambassador of Israel or any invited guest of the university. I am sure that at the end of his speech there was an answer and question period where the "protesters" could have expressed their disagreements.
It has been my observation that those who criticize Israel and defend the plight of the people of Gaza tend to focus primarily on the alleged atrocities by the Israelian Army and the State of Israel and ignore the atrocities in China, Darfur etc.
 

Rajee Seetharam (138)
Saturday February 20, 2010, 3:00 am
Thanks for the post. Hearing of this kind of news for the first time!
 

Nikki J (15)
Saturday February 20, 2010, 3:07 am
In principle it is free speech ... but the choice of vocabulary is important. The use of bad language, ie swearing is just rude.
 
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