Hundreds of Jordanian students rallied outside Amman's University of Jordan on Thursday in protest of a scheduled lecture by an Israeli expert at a mental health conference.The protesters were not shy in noting that their hate was against the Jew.
The protesters demanded that Dr. Gideon Anholt's lecture be canceled and called on authorities to expel the Israeli ambassador from Jordan and cancel the 1994 peace treaty.
A university official met with the protesters and promised to cancel the Ben-Gurion University lecturer's appearance so as not to disrupt the conference. Protesters bragged they succeeded in cancelling "the Zionist's lecture" on Facebook. Another lecture by an Israeli expert was also canceled, apparently unknown to the protesters.
Dr. Anholt told Ynet he was smuggled out of the university by security guards. "The protesters handed out flyers expressing outrage over the participation of Israeli occupiers in a Jordan conference," he said. "As things heated up security officers eventually had to take us out the back door."
Anholt recounted his feeling of panic as hundreds gathered outside the university. "It was stressful. Leaving out the back is unpleasant," he said. He noted he returned to Israel via the Allenby Bridge.
According to Anholt, the Jordanian conference dealt with anxiety and depression in the Middle East. He had hoped to meet Arab researchers and explore possible collaborations. Despite his unpleasant experience, Anholt hopes he will return to Jordan in a professional capacity.
The JFRANews site headline says "Islamic students union is protesting the participation of the Jewish doctor" and, in case you weren't clear about it, illustrates it this way:
The statement from the students' union says that "every Jew in Palestine is a Zionist warmonger and must be boycotted."
The people who need mental health counseling the most are always the last ones to admit it.