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Student at Center of Edinburgh U ‘Armgate’ Controversy Says She Was Targeted Over ‘Passionate’ Anti-BDS Speech

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Imogen Wilson, Edinburgh University student. Photo: Facebook

Imogen Wilson, Edinburgh University student. Photo: Facebook

A student who was nearly ejected from a debate over an Israel boycott motion at Edinburgh University last week claimed in the Huffington Post on Wednesday that she had been targeted for her positions.

Imogen Wilson, a music student and officer in the Edinburgh University Students’ Association (EUSA), wrote that she was accused of violating the EUSA’s “Safe Space Policy” when she raised her arms in disagreement after being accused by another speaker of failing to respond to an earlier open letter concerning issues for disabled students.

Wilson explained that she raised her arms because she had in fact “responded to the writers [of the letter] almost immediately.”

According to the “Safe Space Policy,” however, student council meetings should be held in “a space which is welcoming and safe and includes the prohibition of discriminatory language and actions,” including “refraining from hand gestures which denote disagreement or in any other way indicating disagreement with a point or points being made. Disagreements should only be evident through the normal course of debate.

Nevertheless, Wilson said, “The meeting continued, seemingly without any cause for concern.”

It was only about 40 minutes later, when she was making a “passionate speech” against the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) motion being debated, that “someone made a safe space complaint about me for what happened at the start of the meeting.”

The council members then paused to vote on whether Wilson should be ejected from the room. There were 18 who voted to remove her, but 33 voted to allow her to stay, and the meeting continued.

“I cannot help but think that the complaint against me was a political move,” she concluded, basing her suspicion on the fact that during her speech against the BDS motion, in which she stressed its harmful consequences for Jewish and Israeli students on campus, “There were many who were shaking their heads. Yet later in the meeting someone threatened me with a second complaint because I was shaking my head as someone spoke.”

“‘Armgate,’ as my friends are calling this bizarre incident,” she wrote, was also “the only time an official safe space complaint has been made at a student council meeting in my time at EUSA.”

The day after the meeting, Wilson tweeted: “Maybe people should be less concerned with my arm movements and more concerned that EUSA just passed policy to support BDS.”

Another student, Charlie Peters, tweeted: “Safe spaces now censor ‘inappropriate hand gestures’ – my university is becoming pathetic.”

Wilson published some of her objections to BDS earlier this week in an essay in The Student Newspaper.

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  • Simone Miller

    Will someone please enlighten me as to how these “fragile flowers” are getting into any university? Please tell me why one opinion is OK and the other is offensive? As a place of learning, a university should be open to all opinions and this BS should have been stopped years ago.

  • Monty Pogoda

    Congratulations to Imogen Wilson for her stand against BDS [abbreviation for “balderdash”.

  • nat cheiman

    Europe is being overrun by muzzies.

  • robert davis

    leftwing students and adults are hopeless, useless, obnoxious idiots good for nothing,communist totalitarian, intolerant people who fit bds arabs bent on destroying Israel to take a small territory useless to them and indispensable to jews. This will end up for them losing all of their territories and populations. As to lefters they will bankrupt europe and hand it out to moslem murderers thanks to their idiocy, false commpassion and solidarity with murderers.

  • Reform School

    Minarets accosting Edinburgh (Islamization at its finest), will it take Scotland Yard to remove the PU fro the EU?

  • Michael Garfinkel

    Imagine: the students who support BDS, which is nothing more than a euphemism for “Kill the Jews,” complain that their “safe space” is violated by those who disagree with their homicidal agenda.

    Edinburgh University should be ashamed, that is, if they are capable of shame – which apparently they are not.

  • Al Talena

    Why should anybody be surprised? The arabs mind set and the Left’s Tyranny of the Left use the same tactics. Freedom of Speech is demanded by them but denied to those who dare and disagree.

  • Ephraim

    That is at the root of the venality of politically-coerced censorship. Now, is someone dares to be outside the party line of the politically-coerced censorship tyranny, one can simply remove them if they shake their head, or throw up their arms.

    I remember when universities were in favor of knowledge, debate, and the open marketplace of ideas. Now, unless you are properly genuflecting to the party line, you are ‘unsafe.’

  • The Edinburgh University Students’ Association (EUSA)must repeal its “Safe Space Policy” because it curtails free speech and promotes extreme censorship. It’s a disgrace that Edinburgh University’s adult leadership permits its students to invent such rubbish.

  • Charles Martel at the battle of Tours

    The fascist Left must be stopped now!These idiots need to go to a
    re-education camp that flushes manure out of their brains!

    By the time that Europe wakes up from their Liberal Stupor they will be under Sharia Law.However,I think it is too late to save these fools. I hope we can ship Obama over to Europe.

    • ita

      Do not get to smug… it is here but you just do not see it yet. You think immagration reform is about Illegal Mexicans. “O” has let 100,000 Muslims in the country each month he had been in office. Before he took office there were fewer muslims than Jews in the US. Now there are 1.5 to 2 times as many. Go figure.

  • stevenl

    They all HATE the successes of Israel!
    Go for it Imogen!

  • malcolm de winter

    It is no surprise to me to find the anti-Semitism that I found whilst growing up in England is just as virulent in Scotland. To make matters even worse Britain has imported huge amount of Muslim Pakistanis who have never seen Jews but are as anti-Semitic as their brothers in religion in the Middle East. The East End of London used to have a large Jewish population and of course cemeteries which the descendents of these people are not allowed to visit since it is a no go area. The police of course will do nothing since the first thing that would happen would be that race relations Board would be called in.

  • enufizenuf

    Now we all know that what’s under their kilt’s the same as what’s wearing them, Scottish dicks and a-holes.

  • Ellen Green

    Isn’t it interesting that so-called safe spaces apply to every group except Jews? But then Jews aren’t multicultural, either. Hmmm.

  • Watch the saudi money buying western liberals

    Watch the saudi money buying western liberals, DEFEAT BDS