Police were called after pro-Palestinian protesters stormed an Israel event at a London university, yelling “shame, shame” and alleged ‘trapping’ attendees in the room the talk was being held in.
Israeli activist Hen Mazzig was addressing a group at University College London (UCL) on Thursday about the conflict between Israel and Palestine when protesters from the Friends of Palestine Society tried to stop his speech by chanting: “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.”
According to claims made by the Jewish Chronicle, protesters then ‘blocked’ attendees from leaving or getting into the lecture hall.
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Officers reportedly told attendees not to leave the room without police protection. One student claimed she had been “assaulted” and “attacked” by the protesters.
In a video broadcast on Facebook from inside the hall, Mazzig told his followers: “The situation is really out of control, we’re hiding in a room and there are protesters outside.
“I don’t think that even in my days in the IDF [Israel Defense Forces] it was as bad as it is right now, it’s really scary,” he said.
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He later tweeted: “I had to be rushed out of the event at @UCL with security. The campus was the war zone and the streets are the safe place. I’m out. My god.”
Earlier this year, protesters interrupted a talk by Ami Ayalon, an ex-commander of the Israeli Navy and former head of the Shin Bet, at King’s College in London. One protester was later found guilty of assaulting a Jewish student at that protest.
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