Harvard graduate Vanesa Levine posted a video on Facebook earlier this month claiming, “a Palestinian man physically and verbally assaulted me because he was threatened by my words.”
In the video, which already has close to 40,000 views, Levine said she was attending a Harvard Club event at which a Palestinian guest lecturer was presenting. She described him as “spreading such lies and hatred of people.”
At the end of the event, Levine rose from her chair to ask a question, and she said she was “literally silenced by the entire room.”
Her question was how the lecturer is trying to pave the road to peace when he is teaching the next generation hatred and to kill Jews.
“How are you expecting the next generation to have peace?” she asked.
In response, she alleges that a grown man “the age of my father” came up to her, put his hands on her and tried to stop her from speaking. He tried to take the microphone, pushed her and called her a slut, she claimed.
A woman in the audience called for Levine to leave and to be kicked out of the Harvard Club.
“I said no, I earned my way here, I got my master’s degree at Harvard, you are not going to kick me out for simply asking a question,” Levine said in the video. “The entire room tried to silence me. Everyone was against me, and all I had was a simple question.”
Levine is using the video as a form of activism. In her video description she calls on people to share the footage in the name of freedom of speech.
“These days it’s more like freedom to silence,” she wrote. “I’m shocked by what happened, but we cannot let them get away this.”