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”.