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Comedian Jerry Seinfeld and his wife Jessica arrive at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S., September 18, 2016. (Reuters/File Photo)

Comic Jerry Seinfeld and his spouse Jessica arrive on the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S., September 18, 2016. (Reuters/File Picture)

Duke College graduation sees pupil walkout protesting comic Jerry Seinfeld’s Israel help amid chants for “free Palestine”

A number of college students staged a walkout of Duke College’s graduation on Sunday as some chanted “free Palestine” to protest its visitor speaker, comic Jerry Seinfeld, who has supported Israel all through the struggle in Gaza.

Folks wearing robes and caps have been seen submitting out of crowds of graduates assembled on the grass within the North Carolina College’s soccer stadium. The video additionally confirmed a number of attendees leaving the viewing stands, together with an individual sporting a keffiyeh, an emblem of solidarity with the Palestinian trigger. Others shouted “Jerry! Jerry!” because the actor acquired an honorary diploma and Seinfeld delivered his speech with out main interruptions.

“Lots of you’re considering, ‘I can’t imagine they invited this man.’ Too late,” he stated, after vowing to “defend” the idea of privilege. “I say, use your privilege. I grew up a Jewish boy from New York. That could be a privilege if you wish to be a comic,” he added. Seinfeld visited Israel and has vocally supported it since Oct. 7 when militant group Hamas killed 1,200 folks and kidnapped 252 others, of whom 133 are believed to stay in captivity in Gaza, based on Israeli tallies. Israel’s navy operations in the meantime have killed greater than 35,000 Palestinians, based on well being officers within the Hamas-ruled Palestinian enclave.

The White Home stated on Tuesday that US President Joe Biden welcomes peaceable protests in school graduation ceremonies the place he and different administration officers will converse. The walkout at Duke’s commencement was the most recent manifestation of protests which have roiled US campuses as college students name for universities to divest from arms suppliers and different firms making the most of the struggle, and amnesty for college kids and school who’ve been disciplined or fired for protesting.

The protests have prompted U.S. universities resembling Columbia in New York and the College of Southern California in Los Angeles to cancel their fundamental commencement ceremonies this month. Different schools and universities have relocated or modified graduation ceremonies.

(With company inputs)


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