Students At Duke University Protest Over Jerry Seinfeld’s Support For Israel

Students At Duke University Protest Over Jerry Seinfeld’s Support For Israel
Source: AP

Jerry Seinfeld is an American actor and comedian who has repeatedly talked about his support for Israel over the Gaza war. During his speech at Duke University’s graduation ceremony, he was criticized by pro-Palestinian students. Dozens of students walked out as soon as Jerry was called to the stage.

American comedian Jerry Seinfeld did not receive the warmth at Duke University as much as it was expected. Dozens of students walked out of the institute’s graduation ceremony on Sunday. Notably, Seinfeld has been quite vocal about his positive stance towards Israel over the war in Gaza. He received an honorary doctorate, as seen in the photos on social media, and many students marched out.

The 70-year-old artist was well-appreciated during his speech. Many people in the audience cheered for him. However, many people left the campus as Vincent Price, the president of the university, introduced Jerry. Nonetheless, media reports also suggest that there were chants of Free Palestine upon his introduction.

Clips from the ceremony show many students getting up from their seats and marching out after Jerry’s name was called onto the stage. Although the students were in robes and caps, some of them were seen with the flag of Palestine.

While this was a major setback and insult, many people in the crowd also seemed to be fans of the comedian. They chanted his name upon his arrival.

Another video reveals that those in favor of Jerry booed at the students who were leaving the ceremony. In response, Seinfeld said,

A lot of you are thinking, ‘I can’t believe they invited this guy.’ Too late.

The American comedian also went on to talk about privilege. He said,

I say, use your privilege. I grew up a Jewish boy from New York. That is a privilege if you want to be a comedian.

Interestingly, Seinfeld has been supporting the Jewish nation, Israel, since the Hamas conflict began in October last year. He also went to Tel Aviv in December last year and interacted with the family members of hostages taken by Hamas. Meanwhile, he replied “Well, I’m Jewish,” when asked about his motivation behind the journey.

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