Curbing of Anti-Israel Activism on Campus Causing ‘Unnecessary Stress,’ Members of Palestinian Societies at UK Universities Lament in New Video
A newly released video shows UK university students complaining that a recent crackdown on anti-Israel campus activity has caused an “unnecessary amount of stress.”
Members of Palestine Societies (PalSoc) from schools such as the University of Exeter, King’s College London (KCL), University College London (UCL) and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) — notorious for anti-Israel activism — are seen on camera claiming that their events are now more likely to receive “high-risk assessments” and face more rigorous approval processes.
The video, published by independent online news portal Middle East Eye — headed by former staffers of The Guardian and Al Jazeera, and frequently used as a source for articles in the New York Times, BBC and Huffington Post — was part of an investigation into the recent cancellation of Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) programs at several UK universities.
IAW — a series of annual events promoting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement at universities around the world — has come under greater scrutiny this year by British officials, due to reports that the anti-Israel atmosphere of the February-March happenings often crosses the line into antisemitsm.
Last week, as The Algemeiner reported, British Prime Minister Theresa May called on UK universities to “investigate and swiftly” address campus antisemitism. In addition, the UK’s former chief rabbi, Lord Jonathan Sacks, released an animated video to arm students with the tools to confront the phenomenon.
Watch the video, titled “Prevent ending Palestinian activism on campus,” below: