Gil Hoffman, an “expert Israeli speaker” according to his website, thought he would speak to a full crowd at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan earlier this week. But soon after his introduction, the audience transformed into a sea of red-tape and signs calling on Israel to be held accountable for its institutionalized silencing of Palestinians at home and abroad.
Then the crowd walked out and Gil was left with an audience of about fifteen people, including security guards.
I applaud the students, activists, and community members involved in this excellent effort. From what I’ve collected, the crowd included high school students from Fordson High, and it is this detail that stands above all others. It is both humbling and inspiring to see students at such a young age take ownership of this heavy cause. I expect big things from each and every one of them.
It is also worth noting how organized and seemingly well-rehearsed the walkout was. Coordinating over 150 individuals is no easy task.
Here are some photos of the walkout, all of which were taken by Nafeh AbuNab.