Police were called to University College London (UCL) on Thursday
evening after anti-Israel protesters stormed an event organized by local
pro-Israel advocacy groups, according to initial reports from the
Israeli activist Hen Mazzig was addressing a gathering at UCL hosted
by CAMERA on Campus and the Friends of Israel student group, when
anti-Israel protesters from the Friends of Palestine Society tried to
stop the speech by loudly chanting, “From the river to the sea Palestine
will be free.” They eventually trapped attendees inside of the
on-campus event space where the talk was taking place.
According to footage taken by an attendee at the event and posted to the Sussex Friends of Israel (SFI) Facebook page,
police arrived after “things got out of hand.” Officers are seen
warning the event attendees not to leave the room without police
protection, for their own safety, before escorting them through a crowd
of anti-Israel activists shouting, “Shame! Shame!”
In another SFI video, the attendees at Mazzig’s speech are seen
singing the Israeli national anthem, “Hatikvah,” and holding an Israeli
flag, as they remain blockaded inside the event space.
According to information obtained by The Algemeiner, anti-Israel students
first attempted to get UCL to ban Mazzig from speaking, and when those
measures failed, they planned the mass protest.