By Jenni Frazer
February 7, 2011
So a high-ranking foreign diplomat comes to speak at a university campus. First the society which is hosting him backs down from the invitation: perhaps the society leadership has got wind of what is about to transpire.
Instead another student society offers to host the event. A lecture theatre is booked. The speaker stands on the rostrum, but within minutes the entire event is effectively suspended as a shouting, chanting mob breaks up the meeting. Security men surround the speaker whose ability to argue is taken away, literally, when one of the protesters snatches away his microphone.
Are you shocked? Of course not. Because the speaker was an Israeli diplomat, an Arab Israeli, in fact, and the event, hosted by the Jewish students, was held, or rather not held, at Edinburgh University.
And nobody, apart from the furious Israeli ambassador, whose job you might say it is to be furious about such situations, is ready to condemn this disgusting state of affairs. The university does not want to speak about how a meeting on its premises was hi-jacked, primarily by non-students. The severely rattled diplomat has gone back to Israel and is unlikely to return. The Jewish students are deeply upset but you, too, if you were them, might be inclined to keep your head down in the knowledge that nobody is going to do anything about it.
Can I implore people to view the video and complain (politely) to the university? Otherwise this is going to get much, much worse.