Film Producer: “We will not be silenced!”


Jerusalem UNEW YORK, NY, May 24, 2016 || – In yet another attack on free  speech on U.S. campuses, a scheduled screening for the acclaimed film “Beneath  The Helmet” was attacked on Wednesday at the University of California, Irvine (UCI).

Protesters identified as being from the Muslim Student Union and SJP shouted “Intifada, Intifada, Long live the Intifada” at Jewish students on campus, in an apparent reference to the many campaigns of murder and terrorism carried out against Jews in Israel.

Police escorted the Jewish students away from the event “for their own safety.”

“Americans value free speech.  We should tolerate different points of view, instead of shutting them down, particularly on our college campuses,” said Wayne Kopping, Producer of Beneath The Helmet,  a documentary about the personal stories of five Israeli soldiers.

According to UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman the incident “crossed the line of civility.”

Beneath The HelmetChancellor Gillman issued a statement that said “While this university will protect freedom of speech, that right is not absolute…threats, harassment, incitement, and defamatory speech are not protected.  We must shelter everyone’s right to speak freely—without fear or intimidation—and allow events to proceed without disruption and potential danger.”

He also noted that UCI is “investigating whether disciplinary or legal actions are appropriate.”

“American campuses should be a ‘safe space’  for free speech, and a safe space for Jews.  We will not be silenced,” said Kopping.

Organizers at Jerusalem U are currently planning an even larger return screening of Beneath The Helmet on UCI’s campus.

JerusalemU, which produced the film Beneath The Helmet,  also produced the film Crossing

The Line 2: The New Face of Anti-Semitism on Campus – about protests on US campuses which are “crossing  the line” into anti-Semitism.

Beneath The Helmet is available here:

Crossing The Line 2 is available here:

Beneath The Helmet Producer Wayne Kopping is available for media interviews via skype or phone.

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