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November 5, 2015 1:47 pm

#IStandWithIzzy Campaign Launched in Support of UK Student Trolled by Antisemites

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UK Student Izzy Lenga inspired a following when she stood up to online antisemitic bullying. Photo: Twitter Screenshot

UK Student Izzy Lenga inspired a following when she stood up to online antisemitic bullying. Photo: Twitter Screenshot

A Twitter campaign under the hashtag #IStandWithIzzy was launched this week, after a Birmingham University student was bombarded with antisemitic messages.

Izzy Lenga, a British Jew, became the target of social media trolls when she tweeted a photo of a “Hitler Was Right” poster  — with the message: “And for those who dont think anti Semitism is a serious issue, these were plastered over campus on Tues #NUSzones15.”

In response to her tweet, Lenga received an outpouring of Jew hatred.

“This b***h is the problem with the UK. Making everything about the Jews. #HitlerWasRight #F*ckAllNonWhites,” one user wrote. Another called Lenga’s post, “Nazi propaganda planted by ZIonists [sic].”

Supporters were equally vociferous. Among these were Deputy Head of Mission at Israeli Embassy of South Africa Michael Freeman, and British Labour MP Luciana Berger.

“Impressed with the way @izzyjengalenga is standing up to some of the vilest antisemitism on Twitter. Worked with her for a number of years,” said Freeman.

Berger posed a question on Twitter, asking when the platform would be free of racism and sexism.

Lenga responded on Twitter: “Deeply grateful and overwhelmed by the outpouring of support by everyone. Anti Semitism has no place on our campuses or in our society.”

Last week, police said the poster and others like it had been removed from campus. They said an investigation has been launched and they are treating the incident as a potential crime of bias, according to political website Breitbart. 

University of Birmingham confirmed having notified police and said discrimination on campus would not be tolerated, according to Huffington Post UK

Earlier this year, the National Union of Students caused a storm among many British students, when it voted to adopt measures boycotting and divesting from Israel, in solidarity with the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement, with one NUS vice president, Joe Vinson, describing it as antisemitism infecting NUS.

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  • John Hurst

    I support Lzzy and the Jewish people . G-d bless you Lzzy

  • thomasfmalone

    Cry me 6 million tears.

    • racy we

      I’m telling you, NEVER AGAIN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Davies Samuel

    How true again

  • Florres

    This will all get played down and erased like the minute by minute hundred million attacks against Jews a year, that are also then erased.

    Jews in this decade have been ethnically cleansed from many countries like Norway and Turkey, and Holland, they’ll deny it and show one connected Jew still there. Jews are not the connected ones but the quiet poor commuunities. Whatever land or contributions they were giving is then stolen and given specifically to an anti-Semite.

    Replacement Theology (stealing at all levels and lying) is only applied to one people in human history.

    • Ephraim

      So true. And when so much of the media is blatantly antisemitic, it is only natural that those who believe the garbage will act accordingly.

      • ThereisaGod

        The media?? Like the BBC? Is nearly 3 out of every 4 talking heads being Jewish not enough for you?

        You are 0.5% of the population. That you think the media is slanted AGAINST you is, frankly, BREATHTAKING.

        • Florres

          First we are only .5% because you keep killing us.

          You’re holding our talents against us.

          Second no racist data, facts. Show me another country and people where a body count (and only against them, propoganda-wise) is shown in real time. saudi arabia killed more non-Sunnis in the Yemen this year than all Arab Israeli wars combined. Now show me a media outlet which reported that IN REAL TIME, in terms a non-Sunni to the zero Saudi Sunnis killed, BTW it is 10,000 to zero, just this year.

          Not just them, it is done just to the Jews and no one else.

          Does anti-Semitism know any limits to its lies and evil, scumbag?

    • Helen Love

      Florres,this is the second comment of yours that has deeply impressed me. Have you a FB presence? I’dlike to join you if possible.