Extremists Shame the UK

Israel’s Ambassador to the UK had to be whisked away from a London university under heavy security on Tuesday evening because of extremist protesters.

Tzipi Hotovely had taken part in a London School of Economics (LSE) event hosted by the Student Union’s Debating Society. But when she left the venue there was clear danger from a group gathered outside, some of whom tried to rush her car and attack it.

LSE`s Palestinian Society said before the event that they were outraged by both the invitation extended towards her and the approval of the event. But that is no excuse for violent protest.

‘Politics For All’ tweeted a video of the Ambassador’s departure, which makes the danger clear.

Tweet of the Ambassador`s departure

But Tzipi Hotovely tweeted:

Tzipi Hotovely tweet

UK Government Ministers condemned the protests. Home Secretary Priti Patel tweeted that she was:

“Disgusted by the treatment of the Israeli Ambassador at LSE last night.
Antisemitism has no place in our universities or our country.”

Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi condemned the “aggressive and threatening behaviour” against the ambassador, tweeting:

“This is deeply disturbing, I am so sorry Ambassador Hotovely.”

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss confirmed that we believe in freedom of speech in the UK, and that the attempt to silence the Israeli Ambassador was unacceptable.

It is vitally important that freedom of speech is maintained, otherwise the views of extremists may become the only ones that are heard.