Israel’s deputy ambassador forced to flee Essex University lecture because of anti-Zionist mob.
Anti-Zionist mob in UK force Israeli diplomat to flee
Alon Roth-Snir was speaking at Essex University in Colchester on Wednesday when 40 students disrupted the meeting.
The university’s student union has a campaign against the invitation to Mr Roth-Snir to speak to the government department.
After attempts to calm the situation failed, university officials split the students into two groups and took Mr Roth-Snir to a smaller room to continue his discussions with those not involved in the protests.
But the disruption from the main lecture theatre was so substantial that security officers decided to evacuate the deputy ambassador.
It is understood that two students accompanied Mr Roth-Snir and his entourage back to a local railway station.
Nathan Bolton, president of the student union, had supported the university’s Palestine Solidarity Group and the Socialist Worker Student Society in calling for Mr Roth-Snir to be banned from the campus.
Mr Bolton said the invitation “beggared belief” because of what he said were Israel’s apartheid policies against Palestinians. The student union boycotts Israeli goods and is officially linked to the international boycott, divestment and sanctions movement.
After the deputy ambassador was forced to flee, Mr Bolton tweeted that it had been “a great day – free Palestine!”.
A university spokeswoman said that although the university did not believe there had been a threat of violence to Mr Roth-Snir, a decision had been taken “quickly” to move him from the campus as the protests escalated.
Around 100 students attended the lecture, with another 80 students protesting outside.
The spokeswoman said the university would consider taking disciplinary action against any students who had broken university rules on the right to peaceful protest.
An Israeli embassy spokesman said:
“These students make a mockery of the very foundations of freedom of speech, a pillar of the academic world. Their actions shame Essex University and British academia, and damage a long tradition of positive academic exchange.
“Such behaviour should be strongly condemned by all those who cherish democratic values.”
In the run up to World war II, Jews were intimidated by the Nazi-regime in Germany. At the end of the road, this tragedy will be repeated in cities like London, Paris and New York.
How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! There will be great distress in the land and wrath against this people
The students of Essex in the UK should face the court of Law, for their intimidation of the Israeli deputy Ambassador.
To heckle a speech at a University, is a serious matter.
If the University of Essex can not handle such anti-democracy forces, its a question if this kind of education institution will move towards its own closure.
When UK students attack a diplomat from a free and democratic nations, and sides with Islamic forces, it proves what Salman Rushdie said a few months ago.
– Europe is not in crisis. Europe is dying.
Shame, shame, shame.
Written by Ivar