Cambridge debater barred

November 4, 2010


A Jewish Cambridge University student has been banned from its Union debating society after an encounter with Lauren Booth - the notorious presenter on Iranian Press TV and ardent pro-Palestinian campaigner.

Gabriel Latner, a second-year lawyer, joined her as a fellow proposer of the motion that Israel is a rogue state - which he subverted by tackling it from a pro-Israel point of view.

(Students who apply to speak in debates are randomly selected by the union organisers.)

When Mr Latner happened to mention to her beforehand that he had volunteered with the Israeli army, she appeared none too pleased with the choice of team-mate and insisted he drop down the speaking order.

But as he got up to speak, according to university newspaper Varsity, he informed Ms Booth: "I am going to nail you to the f

Last updated: 4:49pm, November 4 2010