UK school suspends pro-Palestinian group after inviting terrorist to speak

Ahmed Alfaleet, who served 20 years in prison for murdering an Israeli in 1992, spoke at an event hosted by the Queen Mary University Palestine Solidarity Society via online in January.

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March 5, 2016 16:25
Tower Bridge and the River Thame, London

Tower Bridge and the River Thames, London. (photo credit: REUTERS)

A British university has temporarily banned an on-campus Palestinian group from organizing future activities after a Palestinian terrorist was invited to lecture at one of their events, The Jewish Chronicle reported Friday.

Ahmed Alfaleet, who served 20 years in prison for murdering an Israeli in 1992, spoke at an event hosted by the Queen Mary University Palestine Solidarity Society via online in January.

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Following the speaking engagement, Jewish students took the issue to the London university's president Simon Gaskell, demanding that the group be barred from organizing future events at the school.

Shortly afterwards, Gaskell released a statement saying the society would be barred from holding activities for the next eight weeks, The Chronicle added.

Queen Mary student Devora Khafi, who helped bring the issue to the attention of the university's president, said after the announcement: "I don’t think it will help Jewish students. It will just anger the PSS more."

The Queen Mary student union said in a statement that it did not approve Alfaleet's appearance, adding that the talk violated union regulations.


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