CROCODILE TEARS – Like shouted accusations of anti-Semitism or talking over the voice of the invited speaker, tears are a rehearsed ploy, designed to distract.
A year or two ago, at a private school in the Bronx, ‘outraged’ parents gathered to demand the dismissal of two teaches who were leading courses about Palestine; one parent accused a targeted teacher of making her daughter cry in class. The two teachers were removed from the faculty; one retired, the other was fired.
Now at UCLA, another crocodile tears stunt. Notice that the UCLA newspaper student newspaper article focused on reaction – not on substantive statements from the invited speaker.
A few years ago Miko Peled (if memory serves) was speaking to a full auditorium and people lined up at microphones to ask questions. When it was her turn at the mike, a woman began to cry; Peled said, stop with the crocodile tears! She stopped.