Pro-Palestine protestors ‘followed students home calling them war criminals’ after barracking Israeli ambassador at LSE event
- Pro-Palestine thugs accused of hunting down leaders of LSESU Debate Society
- They allegedly followed them after they held a talk with Tzipi Hotovely Tuesday
- A bystander revealed last night how the gang trailed after the event organisers
- They are believed to have threatened them, saying: ‘I will f*** you up p****holes’
- It comes after the group of brazen demonstrators claimed they were the victims
An angry mob that targeted Israel’s ambassador at the London School of Economics racially harassed and threatened students who hosted her, witnesses claim.
Pro-Palestine protesters were accused of hunting down leaders of LSESU Debate Society after they held a talk with Tzipi Hotovely in Holborn on Tuesday.
A bystander revealed last night how the thugs followed the event organisers and said they would attack them – yelling: ‘I will f*** you up p****holes’.
It comes after the group of brazen demonstrators claimed they were the victims and alleged it was the police who ‘incited violence’.
LSE For Palestine hit out at the Met for protecting Ms Hotovely and also attacked the university for allowing law enforcement on campus to steward the mob.
Last night the diplomat revealed the extent of the rage directed at her by the yobs, saying they tried to silence her by ‘shouting and screaming’ but will not succeed.
She was harassed by the angry students after delivering a lecture to the student union debating society.
Beating drums and chanting, they booed her and shouted: ‘Aren’t you ashamed’ as her bodyguards bundled her into a waiting Jaguar.
Before the event, a group called LSE Class War urged to storm the building and ‘make her shake’, adding: ‘Whoever smashes the Ambassador car window gets pints.’
Pro-Palestine protesters were accused of hunting down leaders of LSESU Debate Society after they held a talk with Tzipi Hotovely in Holborn on Tuesday
A bystander revealed last night how they followed the event organisers and said they would attack them – yelling: ‘I will f*** you up p****holes’
At one point a member of the ambassador’s security detail was forced to restrain a protester who made is through the police line while the ambassador was bundled into her car
Ms Hotovely is pictured during the debate at London School of Economics – which the Embassy described as peaceful – ahead of the chaos when she left
It comes after the group of brazen demonstrators claimed they were the victims and alleged it was the police who ‘incited violence’. Pictured: The diplomat at the event on Tuesday
LSESU releases job ad for an advice manager hours after the protest
LSE’s Students’ Union has released an advert for an advice manager just hours after a Pro-Palestine protest turned ugly.
The union called for ‘an expert in the various areas of advice and support’ to join their team for £32,443 per year.
The ad goes on: ‘The manager will also be expected to provide 1:1 student advice and to hold a regular caseload, as well as providing strategic leadership of the department and overseeing case supervision.
‘In addition to reacting to student demand, we are also a proactive service that produces regular blogs and manages two social media accounts. The successful candidate will therefore be responsible for setting and overseeing the Service’s communication and engagement strategy with a view to increasing stakeholder awareness, improving service accessibility, and delivering regular, proactive and useful information to students.’
Applications opened today and closes on December 6.
A student revealed members of the mob had followed him and his friends from the debating society when they left.
He said: ‘I stand in solidarity with the protests and the people of Palestine but I am embarrassed about the racial and violent harassment of the event organisers.
‘At the end of the talk I waited for my friends to leave the premises so that I could walk with them.
‘As they left they were met with chants of ‘shame’ and certain individuals called them ”war criminals”.’
He continued: ‘More worryingly four to five individuals began to follow us as we walked down Lincoln park and these individuals in particular began to verbally harass the organisers by saying the ”Kashmiri people are ashamed of you” and that ”you are war criminals”.
‘One individual in particular began to physically threaten the organisers by saying ”I will f*** you up, p****holes” and ”come on, fight me, p****holes”.’
He added: ‘This is an unacceptable form of protest and physical and verbal harassment go against the guidelines set out by the organisers of the protest.’
The Kashmiris are a group of people that live mostly in the Kashmir Valley in the disputed part of India.
Shocking footage emerged on Tuesday showing Ms Hotovely being rushed into her car by bodyguards and raced away after protesters screamed and tried to grab her.
The 42-year-old carried flowers while thugs yelled ‘aren’t you ashamed’ and branded her country a ‘terrorist state’ as they set upon her car at around 7.30pm.
But organisers remained unrepentant and last night doubled down on the aims of the hateful protest and blasted the police and the university.
Ms Hotovely, the Israeli ambassador (pictured), has branded hard-Left activists ‘shameful’ after they tried to intimidate her following a lecture at the London School of Economics
An Instagram handle called LSE Class War appeared to take credit for the chaos but calling for students to ‘smash her car window’ and ‘storm the building’
Religious right-winger Tzipi Hotovley supports expanding Israeli settlements on West Bank and opposes Jewish-Muslim marriage
Tzipi Hotovley is the Israeli Ambassador to the UK.
She is on the right wing of Israeli politics and supports expanding Israeli settlements on the West Bank as well as opposing Jewish-Muslim marriages.
The Orthodox Jew describes herself as a ‘religious right-winger’ and was born and raised in Rehovot, near Tel Aviv.
Pro-Palestinians and left-wing Israelis fiercely oppose her support for the expansion of Israeli settlements in Palestinian territory, rejection of a two-state Israeli-Palestinian peace deal and support for a ‘greater Israel’.
She has said before: ‘This land is ours. All of it is ours. We did not come here to apologise for that.’
Her family have roots in what was the ex-Soviet republic Georgia, with her parents Gabriel and Roziko Hotovely immigrating to Israel before she was born.
After leaving school Ms Hotovley did two years Sherut Leumi, which is what some religious women do instead of National Service in the army.
Ms Hotovely was a controversial choice as Israel’s Ambassador to the UK, having been appointed by former PM Benjamin Netanyahu (pictured together) and a member of his Likud party
In 2008 she joined Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party and became a member of the Knesset.
Critics on the left opposed Ms Hotovely’s appointment as Israel’s Ambassador to the UK, after she was first appointed as settlements minister by former PM Benjamin Netanyahu and a member of his Likud party.
A petition was set up last year to ban her from becoming ambassador, which read: ‘Hotovely has an appalling record of racist and inflammatory behavior from throughout her political career.
‘As British Jews we are clear: Tzipi Hotovely’s values and politics have no place in the UK. It is crucial that the UK government sends a message that her views are unacceptable, and rejects her nomination as ambassador.’ Ms Hotovely was also deputy foreign minister from 2015 to 2020, a move panned by some for her views on Israel’s settlement movement and rejection of the two-state solution.
Ms Hotovely is pictured centre at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester on October 5
She found herself in hot water in 2017 for suggesting American Jews lack patriotism because most ‘don’t have children in the US military’. She questioned whether ‘people that never send their children to fight for their country’ could understand the ‘complexity’ of the Middle East.
‘Most of the Jews don’t have children serving as soldiers, going to the Marines, going to Afghanistan or to Iraq,’ she said on i24 TV news. ‘They don’t feel how it feels to be attacked by rockets, and I think part of it is to actually experience what Israel is dealing with on a daily basis,’ said Ms Hotovely.
LSE For Palestine, which has 853 followers on Instagram, claimed officers ‘incited violence’ against them during the event.
This is despite video footage showing demonstrators trying to force their way past the Met’s line shielding Ms Hotovely from danger.
The statement claimed: ‘Contrary to false reports, Hotovely did not ”flee” the university; students maintained a peaceful protest throughout the evening and it was the police who incited violence.
‘At the beginning of the protest we made our protest guidelines and safe space policy clear, stating that we would not tolerate speech, behaviour or displays that incited any sort of prejudice or discrimination.’
It also made another passing shot at LSE, saying: ‘In light of the apartheid-free motion that was overwhelmingly passed by the LSE student body last summer and the recent protest, it is overwhelmingly evident that the LSESU only pays lip service to their commitments to anti-racism and democracy.’
The Met has been approached for comment.
When asked about the protest, one demonstrator told Iran state-affiliated media Press TV: ‘The students at this university are deeply ashamed.
‘This university has failed the recognise and represent the student body. If Palestinians are not recognised we will not stop debating.’
Another said: ‘Someone like this person doesn’t really deserve the right to speak. She’s made comments dehumanising an entire people.
‘If she can dehumanise people and refuse their right to speak, why should she have any…
‘Her appointment as ambassador is evidence enough of the attitude of the current government of Israel and the current attitude of our own government.
‘But we provide… training to Israel more effectively bomb a population that has already suffered enough.’
Mrs Hotovely, 42, was at the university on Tuesday for an event called Israel’s Perspective: A New Era in the Middle East.
She told the Mail she spoke successfully for 90 minutes to a room of 50 students, with 100 more listening on Zoom.
She said LSE made sure her ‘freedom of speech wouldn’t be hurt’ and she was able to ‘reach out’ to students.
She said: ‘The protesters were shouting and screaming throughout the event but they didn’t disturb [it] because the British police and my security made it clear that the event would take place.
‘They were trying to put on a lot of pressure and basically intimidating us.’ She said she felt ‘very protected’ by her security team and by the police.
But she added: ‘I do think it’s shameful that people are trying to silence diplomats from a democratic country.
‘Even expressions about hurting my vehicle are unacceptable. It’s an incitement to violence.’
She added on Times Radio: ‘What we’re seeing here is, this is anti-Israel, but it’s also antisemitic.’
She said antisemitism needs to be treated as a serious issue.
She said: ‘I’m actually going to do even more conferences than I was planning because I can see how much the problem is serious.
‘Some people don’t understand what campuses are for; campuses are for dialogue and debate, not for silencing people.’
Mrs Hotovely, a lawyer, a married mother of three daughters and a practising Orthodox Jew, said: ‘I will continue to speak in every British campus. I will not allow those radical groups to shape the discourse in academia.
‘Those groups are really against this very basic value of dialogue [and] freedom of speech.’
Earlier video appeared to show Ms Hotovely speaking to students during a calm question and answer forum inside the building.
The diplomat was sat at the front of a lecture hall next to the host while youngsters sat on either side and listened on.
She said: ‘It’s as simple as that. IDF never targets civilians period. IDF will target civilian places where rockets are being launched from.
‘Because according to international law you’re allowed to target places that are the infrastructure of a terror organisation.
‘But IDF never, and I can stand behind this, IDF never targets civilians. Terrorists organisations are targeting civilians. When Hamas…’
The video cuts out before Ms Hotovely finished her sentence.
Another clip, which appeared to have been posted before the rioting, showed hundreds of youngsters waving Palestine flags outside the building shouting: ‘LSE shame on you’
Reem Ibrahim, 19, who is studying government at the university, posted the footage online with the caption: ‘Anyone who thinks that shutting down open discussions will help Palestinian people are deluded’
London School of Economics has been tied to left-wing radicalism since it was founded in 1895.
One of its founding fathers, George Bernard Shaw, wrote What Socialism Is in 1890, delving into the issues of private property, labour, poverty, education, and the dominance of the rich, upper classes in government.
He wrote: ‘Poverty and riches together mean the perversion of our capital and industry to the production of frippery and luxury whilst the nation is rotting for want of good food, thorough instruction, and wholesome clothes and dwellings for the masses.
‘Socialism means equal rights and opportunities for all’, and sets out the Fabian vision for nationalisation (i.e. government control and ownership) of ‘land and machinery’ – or, in other words, property, including housing and industry, such as the railways.’
In later years, the university was attended by the sociologist Ralph Miliband, father of the politicians Ed and David.
The Marxist writer gave a series of public lectures at the institution in what has been described by some there as the ‘golden age’ of LSE.
London School of Economics has been tied to left-wing radicalism since it was founded in 1895
Miliband went on to teach at the school for 20 years, publishing books including: The state in capitalist society, Marxism and Politics, Class War Conservatism and Socialism for a Sceptical Age.
In more recent years, LSE has attracted left wing students who appear set on ‘no platforming’ academics, speakers and societies which do not hold their views.
In July a group of activists released a radical manifesto calling for the university to ban all private school students. LSE Class War demanded the institution becomes ‘gradually’ free from anyone educated at an independent school.
They said bosses must eradicate a student society to the free market economist Friedrich Hayek because it is ‘oppressive to the working class’.
LSE Class War backed no platforming speakers it claims ‘are harmful to marginalised students’. And it said the university has to bring in minority quotas for staff, saying there is only one full time black professor there.
The toxic aftermath was blasted by government ministers, other MPs and the Israeli Embassy.
Priti Patel tweeted: ‘Disgusted by the treatment of the Israeli Ambassador at LSE last night. Antisemitism has no place in our universities or our country.
‘I will continue to do everything possible to keep the Jewish community safe from intimidation, harassment & abuse.
‘I have been in touch with @TzipiHotovely and the police have my full backing in investigating this appalling incident.’
Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi posted on Twitter: ‘This is deeply disturbing, I am so sorry Ambassador Hotovely.’
He later added: ‘Last night the Israeli ambassador was subjected to unacceptable intimidation.
‘This is not disagreement or free speech and it will have deeply shaken Jewish students both at LSE and across the country.
‘I have invited Jewish students from LSE to a meeting to hear directly from them and offer any support that I can.
‘Only yesterday I visited Auschwitz, and that experience has left me even more determined to ensure that the evil of antisemitism is driven out of our campuses and classrooms. Education is our vaccine against anti-Jewish hate.’
Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said: ‘We in Britain believe in freedom of speech. The treatment of Israeli Ambassador @TzipiHotovely last night and the attempt to silence her was unacceptable.’
A spokesman for the Israeli Embassy added: ‘Ambassador Hotovely was invited to speak with students at The LSE titled the ”New Era in the Middle East”.
‘It was a successful, open and fruitful discussion that went ahead as planned. Outside the venue, there was a demonstration organised by Palestinian and Islamic societies across London universities.
‘British police maintained order at the scene. The violence we witnessed when the ambassador left the premises after the talk will not deter Israeli diplomats from engaging in meaningful dialogue with all parts of the British society.’
Ms Hotovely was a controversial choice as Israel’s Ambassador to the UK, having been appointed by former PM Benjamin Netanyahu and a member of his Likud party.
She took up the role in London last year – provoking uproar among left-wing British Jews after serving as settlements minister back home.
Foreign Minister Yair Lapid tried to oust her from the position when Mr Netanyahu fell earlier this year, but she refused due to her three-year contract.
A petition was set up last year to ban her from becoming ambassador, which read: ‘Hotovely has an appalling record of racist and inflammatory behavior from throughout her political career.
‘As British Jews we are clear: Tzipi Hotovely’s values and politics have no place in the UK. It is crucial that the UK government sends a message that her views are unacceptable, and rejects her nomination as ambassador.’
Ms Hotovely was also deputy foreign minister from 2015 to 2020, a move panned by some for her views on Israel’s settlement movement and rejection of the two-state solution.
Anti-Jewish sentiment has erupted across Britain this year, with huge marches condemning the nation and promoting Palestinian views.
Some have turned ugly as protesters clashes in London, while others burned the flag of Israel and on one occasion a group drove a convoy through a Jewish neighbourhood shouting for their girls to be raped.
The demonstrations stemmed from renewed violence between Israel and Gaza earlier this year, which saw rockets fired into both territories.
There were fears of all-out war in the Middle East as military figures on both sides were killed and threats of escalation flung at each other.
But tensions died down and a ceasefire was eventually agreed by Israel and Hama on May 20, with few reports of fighting since then.
LSESU Debate Society, which hosted Ms Hotovely, said: ‘The LSE SU Debate Society aims to make diverse voices available in order to promote discourse on topical issues.
‘As such, we have invited both the Israeli and Palestinian ambassadors to discuss issues that have amassed global attention.
‘We invite ambassadors not in their personal capacity, but as policymakers who have the authority to represent and be challenged on the views of their respective governments.
‘We consulted relevant stakeholders before and during our event in order to assess any concerns they may have and subsequently incorporated their feedback into our safety and equity policies.
‘To echo our aim of promoting discourse, we respect and affirm the right of people to protest at our events but condemn all forms of threats and aggression.
‘Our events have thus far proceeded as planned, and we invite members of the public to follow our public pages to participate in our future events.’
It was due to host Head of the Palestinian Mission to the UK Husam Zomlot today but he dropped out.
LSESU Debate Society got panned on Instagram for announcing it would host Israel’s Ambassador to the UK in London on Tuesday
This was despite the fact it is planning on having the Palestine Ambassador to the UK speak as part of the same series of events today, before he pulled out
LSE said: ‘On Tuesday 9 November, the LSESU Debate Society hosted the Israeli Ambassador to the UK for an event on the LSE campus.
‘The event, which attracted some protest outside, lasted approximately 90 minutes, with the Ambassador speaking, taking questions from the audience and leaving on schedule.
‘Free speech and freedom of expression underpins everything we do at LSE. Students, staff and visitors are strongly encouraged to discuss and debate the most pressing issues around the world, but this must be in a mutually respectful manner. Intimidation or threats of violence are completely unacceptable.
‘We are aware of some threats of violence made on social media around this event. Any LSE students identified as being involved in making such threats will face disciplinary action.
‘We will be reviewing the processes around this event to inform future planning.’
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: ‘Police were in attendance for a protest in Houghton Street, WC2 on Tuesday, 9 November. There were no arrests.’
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