December 11, 2019

Changing the Battle About Israel to a Conversation

“On UK campuses, battling pro-Palestine and pro-Israel student groups are engaged in a zero-sum feud for the sympathies of the wider student body. The “debate” is noisy, intimidating and often intellectually crude. But it doesn’t have to be like this.

Within the UK Jewish community, London universities have developed a reputation for being hotbeds of anti-Israel hostility. This reputation has intensified following the disruption of high-profile Israeli speakers at King’s College London and University College London in recent years.

The London School of Economics, where I’ve just finished studying, has also received negative Jewish community press after events involving mock checkpoints and a photo exhibition commemorating Palestinians killed after carrying out knife attacks. Meanwhile, the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) long ago earned the nickname “School Of Anti-Semitism” within Jewish circles for its share of anti-Israel events.”

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