In­ves­ti­ga­tion af­ter ex­hi­bi­tion com­mem­o­rat­ester­ro­rat­tacks

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY NAOMI FIRSHT

ANTI-IS­RAEL STU­DENTS have “crossed a line” with a univer­sity ex­hi­bi­tion com­mem­o­rat­ing the deaths of Pales­tini­ans in­volved in ter­ror­ist at­tacks, Jewish stu­dents said this week.

The Is­rael So­ci­ety at the Lon­don School of Eco­nom­ics has lodged a for­mal com­plaint with the univer­sity’s stu­dent union fol­low­ing the dis­play.

The ex­hi­bi­tion, hosted in the stu­dent union build­ing on the cam­pus last week, paid trib­ute to Pales­tini­ans in­volved in stab­bing at­tacks.

It dis­played a se­ries of graphic images of in­jured Pales­tini­ans with­out back­ground de­tails or con­text.

Is­rael So­ci­ety co-pres­i­dent David Tam­man said: “I think it has crossed a red line that is im­pos­si­ble to ig­nore.

“This takes things to a whole new level, be­cause it’s com­mem­o­rat­ing names of peo­ple that com­mit­ted acts of vi­o­lence against civil­ians. It’s the first time on cam­pus we’ve seen some­thing like that.”

Dis­plays from the ex­hi­bi­tion were at the en­trance of the union, on the main stair­case into the build­ing and cov­er­ing a large open space in­side.

Union of Jewish Stu­dents cam­paigns di­rec­tor Rus­sell Langer said the com-

Part of the dis­plays at LSE which hon­oured Pales­tinian knife­men mem­o­ra­tion of the knife at­tack­ers was “to­tally in­ex­cus­able”.

LSE stu­dent union gen­eral sec­re­tary Nona Buckley-Irvine said an in­ves­ti­ga­tion would be car­ried out and union pol­icy would be re­viewed be­fore fu­ture ex­hi­bi­tions take place.

Ms Buckley-Irvine said: “The ex­hi­bi­tion con­tained graphic images of in­jured and dead Pales­tinian chil­dren and teenagers, which caused dis­tress among some stu­dents at LSE.

“The lo­ca­tion of such dis­tress­ing im­agery was such that stu­dents did not have a choice as to whether they wished to view such images.”

Mr Tam­man, 21, said there had been reg­u­lar anti-Is­rael events or in­ci­dents on the cam­pus dur­ing the past two years. The Is­rael So­ci­ety, which has around 65 mem­bers, made sev­eral com­plaints to the union last year.

So­ci­ety co-pres­i­dent Jamie Isaac­son, 21, said: “Noth­ing ever changes. We never hear of any changes, of an apol­ogy, or any­thing.” Mr Tam­man added: “This year an ap­proach will be taken that un­less there are out­comes to our com­plaints, then we’re not go­ing to let things go.”

The so­ci­ety plans to com­plain to the univer­sity di­rec­tor and has con­tacted UJS and Com­mu­nity Se­cu­rity Trust over the con­cerns.

An LSE spokesman said the school was in­ves­ti­gat­ing com­plaints about the ex­hi­bi­tion, which has now been re­moved. He added: “LSE en­joys good cam­pus re­la­tions while al­low­ing for ro­bust de­bate. Any stu­dent with con­cerns will be taken se­ri­ously.”

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