‘Apartheid wall’ splits LSE campus

A Jewish student at LSE adds her point of view to the mock barrier

A Jewish student at LSE adds her point of view to the mock barrier

Members of the Palestine Society at London School of Economics have erected an "apartheid wall" in the centre of the university's campus as a protest against Israel's barriers along the borders of the West Bank and Gaza.

The "Writing on the Wall" event, aimed at showing that "the Israeli occupation systematically denies the right of education to Palestinians" was part of a national event headed by ActionPalestine, a UK-wide student-led body promoting the Palestinian cause.

Other stunts included a "checkpoint" where members of the society stopped passers-by and asked to see their ID.

LSE JSoc ran its own campaign, "Israel: people, not politics", designed to "engage students and develop an awareness of the depth of Israeli life".

Dan Sheldon, of the LSE union and a former Israel Society member, said: "While this does nothing to further co-existence, we only stop events if they harm students."

Last updated: 2:21pm, November 27 2008