Jewish students at a leading London university have protested “anti-Semitic” and Hamas terror group-linked speakers on campus, invited to a Friends of Palestine event.
The University College London (UCL) Jewish Society pointed out that Miko Peled, an Israeli-American activist, has previously tweeted that “Jews have reputation 4being sleazy thieves” and has appeared to question historical accounts of the Holocaust.
He is set to speak alongside Azzam Tamimi (pictured), a British-Palestinian academic who said at Queen Mary’s University in 2012: “I have a great honour to be close to Hamas.”
Mr. Tamimi has also previously appeared to back suicide bombings, saying: “I’d be a martyr for my country, of course,” and, “If you’re not prepared to die for your country, then you are not a patriot.”
More than 200 people signed a petition against the event shared by the Jewish Society, which insisted Mr. Peled was “known for anti-Semitism” and Mr. Tamimi has “admitted to being associated with Hamas” and “proclaims conspiracy charges against Israel and the whole of the Jewish people”.
It was sent to UCL’s provost and vice provost by current and former heads of the Jewish Society and Friends of Israel Society on Monday.
UCL's Friend of Palestine Society will be hosting Miko Peled, an Israeli-American… https://t.co/NXH7Sw8Mqi
— UCL Jewish Society (@UCL_JSoc) November 2, 2017
According to the Algemeiner, students also accused organisers of scheduling the event for Friday evening to coincide with Shabbat, “in order to deprive the vast majority of Jewish students of the opportunity to challenge hatred likely directed against them”.
Mr. Peled called this claim “nonsense”, insisting the event’s timing was due to his availability, adding on his blog: “Zionist righteous indignation would be a lot more convincing if it wasn’t covered with so much crap.”
“Israel and its supporters will pretend to be horrified and blame the entire world for being anti-Semitic,” he added.
“We must insist on the truth, interrupt any debate the legitimizes Israel, boycott, isolate and fight relentlessly until Palestine is free and its children are free.”
Last year, Breitbart Jerusalem reported how pro-Palestinian activists violently stormed a pro-Israel student event at UCL, abusing guests and denying others entry to the meeting hall.
A subsequent inquiry by UCL into the incident found that the university failed “to adequately protect freedom of expression on campus”.