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such events from hap­pen­ing by a vo­cal mi­nor­ity. It is not al­ways easy to be proIs­rael on cam­pus but to say it is im­pos­si­ble is an over­sim­pli­fi­ca­tion,”

Yif­tah Curiel, spokesman for the Is­raeli em­bassy in Lon­don, said he had run nu­mer­ous suc­cess­ful events on cam­puses last term.

How­ever he called the free speech data “wor­ry­ing” and said “in the Is­raeli con­text it usu­ally takes the form of marginal groups es­pous­ing an agenda of ha­tred, which em­ploy threats and in­tim­i­da­tion against fel­low stu­dents in or­der to pre­vent di­a­logue”.

Spiked’s “Free Speech Univer­sity Rank­ings 2016” showed that re­stric­tions on free speech oc­cured at 90 per cent of univer­si­ties, up from 80 per cent in last year’s rank­ings. Stu­dents’ unions were the worst of­fend­ers, with 62 per cent ranked red un­der the sur­vey’s traf­fic light sys­tem, com­pared to just 15 per cent of univer­sity ad­min­is­tra­tions.

Cen­sor­ship ranged from “no plat­form” poli­cies ban­ning speak­ers to the Ed­in­burgh stu­dent union’s “cos­tumes pol­icy” that pre­vents stu­dents dress­ing up as, among other things, “Mex­i­cans” or “a men­tal pa­tient”.

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