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Mob at Kings College London disrupts appearance of Israeli speaker

Mob at Kings College London disrupts appearance of Israeli speaker

A pattern on many campuses, particularly in London.

The anti-Israel movement, including Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) activists, seek to drive Israeli and pro-Israel speakers from college campuses through disruptions. The goal is to scare off not only speakers, but students who want to invite speakers.

The physical intimidation that accompanies this strategy goes beyond expressing disagreement.

We have covered these tactics dozens of times, as summarized and documented in my March 2017 post, With campus shout downs, first they came for the Jews and Israel:

Two violent attacks campus speakers have gained widespread media attention in recent months — the attack on Milo Yiannopoulos’ appearance at UC-Berkeley, and Charles Murray at Middlebury.

Less violent, but still disruptive, attempts were made to shut down Rick Santorum and Michael Johns at Cornell, Christina Hoff Sommers at OberlinGeorgetown and elsewhere. and other conservative speakers.

Finally, there is widespread condemnation even from the left, particularly after Middlebury.

Yet we have been covering shout-downs and violence directed at speakers on campus for several years, but for the most part these events never gained national media attention much less condemnation from the left. Because the speakers who were disrupted were mostly Jewish Israelis and supporters of Israel. Not all those shouted down or attacked were Jewish, but all were deemed supportive of Zionism, the recognition of Israel as the nation state of the Jews.

The perpetrators frequently acted under the banner of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement and Students for Justice in Palestine, or similar anti-Israel groups.

Kings College London has become notorious for the violent opposition to Israeli and pro-Israel speakers, as we wrote about an incident in January 2016, Anti-Israel protest at Kings College turns violent:

… protesters at Kings College in London violently tried to break into a visiting lecture by an Israeli speaker.  Richard Millet was in attendance, and reports Police prevent activists smashing into Ami Ayalon talk at King’s:

I was patiently queuing for Ami Ayalon’s joint KCL and LSE Israel Societys’ talk outside the Norfolk Building of King’s College, London tonight. I had arrived early and was near the front of the queue but soon the doors were closed as the room held only 50.

50 to 60 people were left shut outside on the street, among them 15 fuming anti-Israel activists who had planned to get in and disrupt the talk.

These activists from SOAS, KLC and LSE Palestine Societies had already handed out leaflets attacking Ami Ayalon and Israel. But with their being shut outside chaos ensued with the police being called.

Ayalon was head of Israel’s Shin Bet between 1996 and 2000 and then served as a Labour MK. He also launched a peace initiative called The People’s Voice. He’s now in the UK being whisked around by Yachad to give various talks, the gist of which seem to be Israel needs to mend its ways….

As soon as the doors shut the frustrated anti-Israel activists pounded the doors and the windows looking into the talk. They screamed “Free Free Palestine”, “Viva Viva Palestina” and “From the River to the Sea Palestine will be free” and smashed a window.

They then climbed the windows to unfurl a banner. A fire alarm was set off and eventually police vans and police cars pulled up and 20 police constables protected the building.

London seems to be a particular hotbed of riotous behavior directed towards Israelis, as we reported in October 2016, BDS thugs attack Israeli speaker and crowd at University College London:

Now it has happened again at Kings College London, as Jewish News (Britain) reports, Police called as protesters disrupt uni event with former Israeli deputy PM:

A screaming crowd of about 60 students barracked an Israel Society meeting held at Kings College London’s campus, resulting in the police being called to ensure the safety of the audience and the speaker, the former Israeli deputy prime minister, Dan Meridor….

The meeting was jointly held by Kings Israel Society, City University Israel Society, and a new campus organisation, the Pinsker Centre, a UK based organisation whose mission, it says, “is to preserve freedom of speech on British university campuses and allow a non-hostile platform for discussion on Israel”….

Students bearing red and green daubed posters, with the words “War Criminal” roughly scribbled on them, began screaming at anyone who was making their way into the hall to hear Mr Meridor….

Kings College security men, who patrolled inside the hall throughout, would only allow those who had previously registered into the event, in order to avoid disruption; but chanting and screaming from outside continued throughout Mr Meridor’s address and the question and answer session which followed, making it at times impossible to hear the speaker….

… after the meeting concluded, Kings Israel Society president Tamara Behrens announced that the police had been called and that anyone who did not feel comfortable running the gauntlet of the protesters should wait inside the hall until the police arrived.

In the end most of the audience chose to walk through the screaming, baying crowd. One Kings student who had nothing to do with either side was thoroughly fed up. He told the JN: “All they [the protesters] want to do is yell and intimidate, and I can’t stand it.”

The Jewish Chronicle (Britain) adds:

Tamara Berens, the CAMERA on Campus UK Associate and president of the King’s College London Israel Society, told the JC that students left the lecture to “fingers pointed in our faces”.

She added: “They came onto campus this evening with one aim; to intimidate us and shut down our event. They coordinated their voices to scream throughout the talk, without even a minute to allow us to listen to the speaker in peace.

“We have nothing to be ashamed about. The shameful behaviour this evening was that of protesters who do not respect the right of Israelis to free speech. The shame is on those who would rather take away our platform to speak than engage with us openly.

“It is disgraceful that in 2018, Jewish university students should be made to feel afraid or ashamed to walk freely on campus.”


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It may just be anecdotal, but I wonder how often the BDS activists self-identify as “Jewish” (e.g. “reformed”).

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to n.n. | February 14, 2018 at 5:33 pm

    I was brought up in the Reform sect. I have never met a more graspingm, greedy, nasty bunch in my life. I walked away from it at age 12 and haven’t looked back.

Still and again, the left always, eventually, resorts to violence or threats of violence to advance their agenda.

The riled, raucus mob outside the hall was allowed to cause havoc and disruption during the entire lecture.

I read that the police were called in, but not until after the lecture.

Jaded me would say that’s a coordinated efforted by the college admin which allowed at least partial accomplishment of the mob’s goal to shut down the lecture.

But that’s just crazy talk…

DieJustAsHappy | February 14, 2018 at 2:13 pm

“The unexamined life is not worth living.” – Socrates (?)

It amazes how many lives seem to be if not worthless then cheapen because they are unwilling to put their beliefs to the challenges and tests of opposing points of view. That this also takes place within institution after institution of “higher” learning is deeply troubling.

It’s no wonder they get so visceral, because they otherwise have little defense.

Soro’s 18 billion dollars at work.

How soros has not been investigated for sedition, and how this money has not been seized in asset forfeiture rests on Swamp Sessions’ head.

A loud minority of narcissists, paid well for their self-destruction at our expense. All while puppet-master soros laughs, and idiot puppets like bette midler help.

When Jews can be intimidated, they will be. When intimidating Jews has bitter consequences, it stops. Until then, expect intimidation.

Is this really a free speach issue? Maybe, just maybe it’s another and continual and persistent repeat of antisemitism showing itself again and again and again. Just look around. How many non-antisemites are there?