How British Universities Fell into the Clutches of the Anti-Israel Movement

Jan. 25 2019

In 2016, a talk by an Israeli activist at University College London was met by a violent protest; eventually police had to escort the participants to safety, past a jeering mob. Such happenings have become commonplace on British campuses, where anti-Israel sentiment runs high. No small amount of responsibility belongs to the BBC, which dominates reporting and consistently paints a distorted picture of events in the Middle East. But, writes Tamara Berens, there are other causes as well:

Organizations in the UK, including charities and political advocacy groups, are often funded by networks linked to Palestinian terrorist entities. . . . On campus, these organizations play a prominent role in both isolating pro-Israel students and indoctrinating well-meaning but uninformed individuals into blind support for anti-Zionism.

Opposition to Israel is woven into the very fabric of several prominent British universities. At King’s College London and University College London, employees of the student unions organized aggressive protests against, respectively, the Israeli ambassador to the UK, Mark Regev, and the former Israeli deputy prime minister Dan Meridor. At King’s College most recently, . . . the student union supported [public] mourning for nineteen Hamas, Fatah, Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and Islamic Jihad terrorists killed during Gaza border riots over the summer. . . .

British administrators are too often cowardly in their dealings with anti-Israel aggression on campus. . . . Anti-Zionist organizations have successfully gained the upper hand by holding universities hostage with constant threats of disruptive protests and negative media coverage. The result is that Jewish students are left at an unjust disadvantage when attempting to host events to celebrate Israel and their own Jewish identities.

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More about: Israel & Zionism, Israel on campus, United Kingdom, University


The Evidence of BDS Anti-Semitism Speaks for Itself

Oct. 18 2019

Israel’s Ministry of Strategic Affairs recently released a lengthy report titled Behind the Mask, documenting the varieties of naked anti-Semitic rhetoric and imagery employed by the movement to boycott, divest from, and sanction the Jewish state (BDS). Drawn largely but not exclusively from Internet sources, its examples range from a tweet by a member of Students for Justice in Palestine (the “world would be soooo much better without jews man”), to an enormous inflated pig bearing a star of David and floating behind the stage as the rock musician Roger Waters performs, to accusations by an influential anti-Israel blogger that Israel is poisoning Palestinian wells. Cary Nelson sums up the report’s conclusions and their implications, all of which give the lie to the disingenuous claim that critics of BDS are trying to brand “legitimate criticism of Israel” as anti-Semitic.

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More about: Anti-Semitism, BDS, Roger Waters, Social media