Anger over ‘apartheid wall’ stunt


THERE WERE an­gry scenes out­side Manch­ester Univer­sity Union on Wed­nes­day af­ter union au­thor­i­ties erected a mock-up of the Is­raeli se­cu­rity bar­rier as part of its Sol­i­dar­ity With Pales­tine Week.

Sim­i­lar to pre­vi­ous stunts in Leeds and Manch­ester, it stayed up for two days, pro­vid­ing a hub for cam­paigns against the “apartheid wall” by Pales­tine ac­tivists. The dif­fer­ence was that it was mas­ter­minded by the union, work­ing in as­so­ci­a­tion with the ac­tivists.

Thirty Jewish stu­dents staged a counter-cam­paign to have the “wall” dis­man­tled. “It makes Jewish stu­dents feel very un­com­fort­able,” said J-Soc mem­ber Marc Liv­ingston.

But Manch­ester Union cam­paigns of­fi­cer Andy Cun­ning­ham con­tended that how­ever in­ap­pro­pri­ate the wall ap­peared, “it’s more in­ap­pro­pri­ate to put an apartheid wall through Pales­tine. We should be stand­ing up for hu­man rights across the world.”

J-Soc cam­paigns of­fi­cer Carly McKen­zie said that the pro-Is­rael leaflets had been “very well re­ceived”.

A stu­dent was treated for mi­nor burns af­ter be­ing hit by a fire­work at a bon­fire dis­play or­gan­ised by Leeds Jewish So­ci­ety on Mon­day evening.

Or­gan­is­ers claimed that health-and­safety reg­u­la­tions had been ob­served and that the ac­ci­dent had been caused by a stu­dent throw­ing into the fire a live fire­work they had be­lieved to be spent. J-Soc pres­i­dent Josh Landy said the in­jured stu­dent was now “ab­so­lutely fine”.

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