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Seinfeld’s speech at Duke’s commencement leads to walkout in protest of his support of Israel, Entertainment News

NORTH CAROLINA – Dozens of students walked out of Duke University’s commencement ceremony on May 12 as some chanted “liberated Palestine” to protest the guest speaker, comedian Jerry Seinfeld, who has supported Israel throughout the war in Gaza, according to a video posted on Social media has been placed. media.

In the video posted on Reuters was able to verify the date and location of the video.

The video also showed several attendees leaving the viewing booth, including one person wearing a keffiyeh, an emblem of solidarity with the Palestinian cause.

Others shouted “Jerry! Jerry!” as the actor received an honorary doctorate, and Mr. Seinfeld delivered his speech without major interruptions.

“A lot of you are thinking, ‘I can’t believe they invited this guy.’ Too late,” he said, after promising to “defend” the concept of privilege.

“I say use your privilege. I grew up as a Jewish boy from New York. That’s a privilege if you want to be a comedian,” he added.

“We understand the depth of feeling in our community, and as we have all year, we respect the right of everyone at Duke to express their opinions peacefully without preventing graduates and their families from celebrating their achievement,” Duke spokesman Frank Tramble said in a statement.

Mr. Seinfeld visited Israel and has been outspoken in support of the country since Oct. 7, when the militant group Hamas killed 1,200 people and kidnapped 252 others, 133 of whom were believed to remain in captivity in Gaza, according to Israeli sources.

Meanwhile, Israel’s military operations have killed more than 35,000 Palestinians, according to health officials in the Hamas-ruled Palestinian enclave.

The White House said on May 7 that US President Joe Biden welcomes peaceful protests at college commencement ceremonies where he and other government officials will speak.

The Duke graduation strike was the latest manifestation of protests that have roiled American campuses, as students call for universities to get rid of weapons suppliers and other companies profiting from the war, and for amnesty for students and teachers who have been disciplined or fired for protesting.

The protests have prompted US universities such as Columbia in New York and the University of Southern California in Los Angeles to cancel their main graduation ceremonies this month.

Other colleges and universities have moved or adjusted commencement ceremonies.

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