Ukcampus not hateful, says envoy
THE BRITISH Ambassador to Israel has questioned the image of university campuses in this country being “hotbeds of anti-Israel sentiment”.
Matthew Gould emphasised the importance of not overstating the problem and not putting off Israeli students from studying in the UK.
He made the comments after meeting members of the new Union of Jewish Students committee during a trip to Israel. Praising UJS for its excellent work, the ambassador said that he looked forward to working closely with them in future.
He said he had been reassured by the team that “the experience of the vast majority of Israeli and Jewish students on British campuses is a hugely positive one”. He also noted that no British university had backed a boycott of Israel.
Daniel Grabiner, the UJS president, said he shared Mr Gould’s view that the vast majority of Jews and Israelis had a “perfectly normal student life” on British campuses, although he acknowledged that problems did occur at times.
Mr Gould has previously called for more academic co-operation between Israel and the UK and launched the UK-Israel Life Sciences Council in January.