Michael Oren pose 311.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren delivered the commencement address at Brandeis University on Sunday, following weeks of petitions both supporting and opposing the envoy. Some 20 students protested the envoy's speech outside the ceremony in which the event was held.
Oren was also scheduled to speak at Yeshiva University on Wednesday.
The Brandeis address was streamed live over the Internet
via the university's homepage.RELATED:‘Irvine, Brandeis students were wrong about Oren’Right of Reply: The truth about Brandeis5,000 support Michael Oren's addressing Brandeis
Earlier in May, nearly 5,000 people signed a petition supporting
Brandeis University’s choice of Israel’s US ambassador as its
commencement speaker. In previous weeks, several students called for
the invitation to be rescinded.
The petition’s tally exceeded the number of students on campus and
included many alumni, parents and members of the Jewish community. Ross
estimates that about 10 percent of those who have signed are students.
In contrast, the petition criticizing the invitation was signed almost
exclusively by students, though only around 150 did so. These students
also held two small rallies, launched a Facebook page and penned
articles opposing the invitation in the school newspaper which have
garnered media attention.Hilary Leila Krieger contributed to this report
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