Fears Israeli ambassador's visit to Soas may spark unrest
Some university staff and students say invitation to Mark Regev is provocative and urge director to stop meeting
Students and academics at Soas University of London have said a visit by the Israeli ambassador Mark Regev this week could lead to serious tension and substantial distress on the campus.
Regev has been invited by two student societies to speak about the Middle East and prospects for peace on Thursday, but his visit has been criticised as provocative by other staff and students who are planning a protest.
More than 150 academics from Soas and other UK universities, plus 40 student societies at the university, have written to the Soas director Valerie Amos urging her to intervene to stop the meeting on Thursday at which Regev is due to speak.
A letter signed by more than 100 Soas staff says: “We fear that if this provocative event proceeds as planned, it will cause substantial distress and harm to many of our students and staff who are, have been or will be affected by the actions of what a recent UN report refers to as the Israeli ‘apartheid regime’.
“The event could further cause serious tension on campus and result in a charged atmosphere that will be detrimental to the wellbeing of all faculty, staff and students.”
“Provocative”; that’s Newspeak for a Jew promoting Jewish and Israeli interests. Somehow Jew haters aren’t provocative. But hearing a Jewish voice challenging the current European anti-Semitic orthodoxy, watch out! The haters are being provoked!