Jerusalem mayor cancels controversial lecture in San Francisco

Following a student uproar, compounded by a lack of planning by campus officials, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat cancelled his scheduled Thursday lecture at San Francisco State University. In a statement, the mayor said the decision was based on the university’s president Leslie E. Wong not putting sufficient protocols in place one year after he was shouted down by hostile pro-Palestinian activists on the campus.
“President Wong invited me back to the university to provide students the opportunity to learn what they were denied last spring,” said Barkat. “Unfortunately, the university did not offer the lecture that would provide the kind of healing needed after the assault on free speech last year. Instead, the university offered a ticketed, limited event, and no legitimate effort was made on the part of the university to publicize the lecture, so I have decided not to participate.”
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