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February 26, 2013

Pro-Palestinian activists protest drone talk

Approximately 40 protesters, including individual members of UChicago’s Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and the Chicago based activist group US Palestinian Community Network, protested a talk given by Israeli-American Law Professor Amos Guiora from the University of Utah at I-House last night.

In addition to picketing, some of the protesters faced their chairs away from Guiora in the middle of the talk, and one student continuously interrupted him until being escorted out of the room.

Sami Kishawi, a fourth-year biology major and member of UChicago’s SJP who was present as a protester, said, “[Guiora] was protested for many reasons, namely his support of drone warfare as a ‘moral’ thing.”

The talk, “Legitimate Target: A Criteria Based Approach to Targeted Killing,” at the International House on Monday, discussed the benefits and risks of targeted killings as a military weapon through the lens of “law, policy, morality, and operational details,” according to the UChicago Events page.

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