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Friday Nov 15 2019
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Harvard students walk out en masse from Israeli diplomat's talk in US

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The Israeli consul-general in New York, Dani Dayan, had to face an almost empty auditorium on Wednesday when he was invited to speak at Harvard Law School after nearly a 100 students walked out in a dramatic protest against the "settlement" state.

Dayan was speaking about “The Legal Strategy of Israeli Settlements" at the Harvard Law School.

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Student protesters sat in the audience right up to the moment that the Israeli consul-general was called to the stage when they abruptly stood up, carrying placards reading: “Settlements are a war crime.”

Turning their backs towards Dayan, who was left in shock, the protesters walked out of the auditorium peacefully, with the Israeli consul-general heard saying: "I remember doing this in kindergarten.”

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According to Midde East Eye, one of the students' protest organiser said:  “To have 100 people standing up all at once and silently, did leave an impact.

“As soon as we found out about the event, we planned and it took a lot of time but we had a team at every school in Harvard, finding people to help us make it happen,” Samer Hjouj told the publication. 

Back in 2012, Dayan had penned a column in the New York Times, stating that "Israel’s settlers are here to stay".