Board of Deputies statement on intimidation at University College London

Following the disruption of an event organised by UCL Friends of Israel Society and King’s College London’s Israel Society with speaker Hen Mazzig by anti-Israeli activists, the Board of Deputies has issued the following statement:

Vice President Marie van der Zyl said: “Last night a hate-filled mob supporting the worst kind of extremism in the Middle East once again trampled on free speech at a leading UK campus. We deplore the aggressive and intimidating protests which disrupted a student event in UCL. The police were called and the room moved on multiple occasions. It is disgraceful that in a society which values free speech, students at a top UK university cannot host an open event without being harassed . These anti-Israel activists do nothing to bring about peace in the region. They serve only to bully and threaten. We call on UCL to initiate a strong disciplinary process against the perpetrators. We will be raising this across Government today and in a meeting with the Home Secretary on Monday. This abuse must have no place on our campuses.”

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