Why has the Guardian ignored the violent intimidation of Jewish students at UCL?

Mazzig and Jewish attendees were repeatedly intimidated and harassed and eventually had to be evacuated by police. The incident prompted a chorus of criticism from MPs and Jewish organizations, which led to an announcement by the university that an official investigation would be launched. UK news outlets reporting the incident include the Times of London, the Telegraph, the Daily Mail, the Independent, the Express, the Evening Standard, Channel 4 News and LBC. Yet, the 'anti-racism' campaigners at the Guardian have thus far completely ignored the story.

An Oct. 31st Guardian article published on their Education page titled “Does your university produce racism?” explored the views of students and academics on the issue of racism on British campuses. Most of those interviewed for the piece on racism within academia focused on alleged institutional discrimination against ‘people of color’ (whilst also touching upon religious minorities and sexual minorities).  Yet, it curiously omitted any reference to racism directed towards Jews, or Jews of color.

Interestingly, this omission occurred a few days after a very well publicized incident of racist intimidation at a British university directed towards Hen Mazzig, a gay Israeli Jewish peace activist whose parents hail from Iraq and Tunisia.

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Hen Mazzig (Former IDF humanitarian officer)

As videos circulated on social media make clear, the talk by Mazzig at University College London (UCL) last Thursday (organised by CAMERA on Campus together with student groups from UCL and King’s College London) was disrupted by a mob of anti-Israel activists.

Mazzig and Jewish attendees were repeatedly intimidated and harassed, and eventually had to be evacuated by police. The incident prompted a chorus of criticism from MPs and Jewish organizations, and an announcement by the university that an official investigation would be launched.

UK news outlets reporting the incident include Times of London, the Telegraph, the Daily Mail, the Independent, the Express, the Evening Standard, Channel 4 News and LBC.

Yet, the ‘anti-racism’ campaigners at the Guardian have thus far completely ignored the story.

We suggest that you consider tweeting the Guardian’s Education Editor Richard Adams (@RichardA), Religious Affairs Editor Harriet Sherwood (@harrietsherwood) and Readers’ Editor (@GdnReadersEd) to politely inquire about their failure to report on the matter.

You can also email the office of the Guardian’s Readers’ Editor, here: 

guardian.readers@theguardian.com

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