Stu­dent abused af­ter ex­pos­ing cam­pus hate

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY NAOMI FIRSHT

A JEWISH stu­dent union of­fi­cer suf­fered a bar­rage of an­ti­semitic abuse on so­cial me­dia af­ter tweet­ing a photo of a Hitler poster dis­played on her cam­pus.

Izzy Lenga, ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cer at the Univer­sity of Birm­ing­ham Guild of Stu­dents, posted a pho­to­graph of the poster — which showed an im­age of the Nazi leader with the words “Hitler was right” — in or­der to high­light the prob­lem of an­tisemitism.

A few hours later she was be­ing bom­barded with an­ti­semitic mes­sages and images. One said “It will al­ways be 1933 in my heart”, re­fer­ring to the year the Nazis came to power in Ger­many.

Ms Lenga, 21, said: “The thing that up­set me the most was that I wasn’t par­tic­u­larly shocked at the tweets I was re­ceiv­ing.”

She retweeted some of the mes­sages “to ex­pose the an­ti­semites and to prove to those who of­ten doubt the se­ri­ous­ness of an­tisemitism”.

Ms Lenga, who is

Izzy Lenga also a mem­ber of the Na­tional Union of Stu­dents Na­tional ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil, has re­ported the abuse to Twit­ter.

In a joint state­ment, the Univer­sity of Birm­ing­ham and the guild of stu­dents said: “We un­re­servedly con­demn the an­ti­semitic posters found on cam­pus in re­cent days and the vile abuse di­rected at Guild Of­fi­cer Izzy Lenga on so­cial me­dia. We have re­ported the mat­ter to West Mid­lands Po­lice and are work­ing with them to iden­tify those in­volved.”

The po­lice con­firmed that they were aware of the abuse, and that no ar­rests had been made over the poster.

Ms Lenga has re­ceived sup­port from Lu­ciana Berger, MP for Liver­pool Wavertree, who was her­self a vic­tim of on­line an­ti­semitic abuse.

Ms Berger tweeted: “Been off Twit­ter most of this week, catch­ing up to see the vilest, dark­est abuse di­rected at izzy­jen­galenga.” Ms Lenga said that she had pre­vi­ously been tar­geted on­line af­ter call­ing for a cam­pus ban on the far-right group Na­tional Ac­tion at a NUS con­fer­ence.

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