By Alexander Nazaryan
June 25, 2017
When the mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat, was invited to speak at San Francisco State University (SFSU) in the spring of 2016, few could have predicted that his visit—at the request of SF Hillel, a group for Jewish college students in the city—would result in a lawsuit being filed a year later.
The mayor’s trip did not go well: Members of the General Union of Palestine Students heckled Barkat with shouts of “Get the fuck off our campus” and calls for “Intifada,” a reference to the violent uprisings that have periodically shaken Israel and the Palestinian Territories.
Students who invited Barkat tried to hear him speak, but “this proved to be impossible,” the lawsuit states “as the incessant threats and amplified chants prevented anyone from hearing Mayor Barkat’s speech or engaging in dialog with him.”