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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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