Votes in a debate which called for the London School of Economics to be twinned with the Islamic University of Gaza are to be recounted after allegations of fraud.
Ben Grabiner, chairman of the LSE Israel Society, demanded a recount after the motion was carried by 155 votes in favour to 135 against. He claimed that some students were caught entering more than one vote at a time.
The motion, put forward by the university’s Palestine Society, was debated yesterday while a “Hummus not Hamas” protest took place outside on behalf of the Israel Society.
Protesters will demonstrate outside a Baptist church which is hosting a carol service organised by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC).
The PSC will be holding its annual Christmas concert at the Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church in Covent Garden next month.
The service, which has not been advertised on the church’s website but has been listed on the PSC site, will include seasonal readings from playwright Caryl Churchill, whose play, Seven Jewish Children, caused controversy earlier this year.
Tate director Sir Nicholas Serota and the BBC’s Alan Yentob were among the 350 guests at the annual dinner of the British Friends of the Art Museums of Israel to hear sculptor Anish Kapoor, whose work is on show at the Royal Academy.
Born in Bombay to an Indian father and an Iraqi Jewish mother, Kapoor was an apposite choice as speaker as he is working on a major sculpture for the Israel Museum. He discussed his Royal Academy display in conversation with the exhibition’s curator, Jean de Loisy.
Israel’s Deputy Prime Minister Silvan Shalom has urged British donors to continue their support for the Jewish state as it attempts to pursue peace and faces a threat from Iran.
Addressing British Ort’s gala dinner in London on Monday, Mr Shalom said the Israeli government was working hard to “give people a normal life”. However, Iran was “trying to do everything it can” to become a nuclear power and the region’s dominant force.