Anti-Israel protesters confronted and threatened a Palestinian human rights activist who was critical of the Palestinian Authority while lecturing at the University of Chicago, reports Algemeiner.
Bassem Eid, founder of the Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group, was confronted by hostile protesters last week. They challenged him for speaking of PA human rights abuses without referencing Israel's "occupation," according to a post Eid shared on his Facebook page.
A former student at Chicago's Columbia College who claimed he was from Gaza threatened Eid physically.
A video shows the man yelling threats in Arabic including: "I'm going to destroy this place!", "I'm going to kill this mother****!" and "Wait until you go to your car!"
Eid previously worked as an investigator for B'Tselem, a human rights organization which often is critical of the Israeli military. His turn to criticizing Palestinian rejectionism and human rights abuses angered anti-Israel activists.
During his Chicago lecture, most questioners expressed outrage that Eid took issue with Palestinian actions but did not criticize Israel. He also criticized campaigns to boycott, divest and sanction (BDS) Israel as counterproductive, in part because it can cost Palestinians their jobs wiht Israeli businesses.
The protester who made the threats also promised to attend a subsequent lecture Eid gave at DePaul University in Chicago on Saturday. "Get ready for it," he said.
The incident is just the latest in a series of disturbances on college campuses when a speaker is either pro-Israel or insufficiently critical of the Jewish State. Students at Brown University tried to shout down an appearance by former Soviet-dissident Natan Sharansky and actor Michael Douglas about Jewish identity.
Saturday's lecture occurred without major disturbance, Eid reported, although some students walked out protest.