Michael Steinhardt, the co-founder and major funder of Birthright Israel, flashed his middle finger at protesters outside a gala dinner in honor of the 18th anniversary of the free trip to Israel for young Jewish men and women.

More than 150 students from colleges in New York and New England protested in front of the Ziegfeld Ballroom in Manhattan, where the annual gala was held on Sunday evening. The students represented groups including Jewish Voice for Peace, Students for Justice in Palestine, the Palestine Solidarity Alliance, and the Democratic Socialists of America, all of which support the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement against Israel.

JTA Wire Service