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LONDON – Students from a London university are facing disciplinary action after
taking part in a Nazi-themed drinking game, which resulted in a Jewish student
being attacked, while on a ski trip to France last month.
Union at the London School of Economics organized the trip, which took 150
students from the Athletics club to the French ski resort Val d’Isère.
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Jewish student was left with a broken nose after objecting to the game, which
was called “Nazi Ring of Fire.” It involved arranging cards on the table in the
shape of a swastika, and required players to “Salute the Fuhrer.”
university has strongly condemned the actions of the students and has vowed to
“These are disturbing allegations relating to events which
took place on a foreign trip organized by the Students’ Union,” an LSE spokesman
said on Monday.
“Both the Student Union and LSE are investigating these
events and are prepared to take disciplinary action if the allegations are shown
to be true.
“Students must abide by clear standards of behavior set by
both LSE and the SU and breaches of those standards are taken very
We do not tolerate anti- Semitism or any other form of
racism,” the spokesman added.
The Jewish Society at the university said
the incident not only highlights the worrying trends of contemporary
anti-Semitism, but indicates a “depressing lack of education” from students at
such an esteemed institution.
“Nazi glorification and anti-Semitism have
no place in our universities, which should remain safe spaces for all students,”
said Jay Stoll, president of the Jewish Society. “There is simply no context for
what has happened here. Those who believe the game was all in good humor need to
realize that when a Jewish student is subject to violence and the Nazi ideology
glorified it is no joke but a spiteful, collective attack on a
The Student Union said it does not tolerate any form of
discrimination in any of its activities and has promised action.
‘drinking game’ with a Nazi theme could not be further from our values and we
condemn the actions of those who participated in it.
We have a zero
tolerance approach to anti-Semitism at LSE Student Union.”
backed also by the president of the Athletics Union, Brendan Mycock, who
condemned the game and blamed it on a small group of individuals.
Athletics Union prides itself on our open and tolerant nature, and behavior of
this sort is not acceptable and is not an accurate representation of the
behavior we uphold ourselves to,” Mycock said.
organization fighting extremism on campuses in the UK said that while this may
at first appear to be an isolated incident, there has been a “worrying rise” in
anti-Semitic incidents on university campuses in recent years.
disturbing incident may come as a shock to many, but the reality is that
anti-Semitism is on the rise across British universities,” said Raheem Kassam,
director of the campus watchdog organization Student Rights.
many previous warnings, the LSE has become a campus conducive to intolerance and
anti-Semitism and this simply cannot be allowed to continue.”
called for a full and transparent investigation to take place, with any guilty
students to be suspended.
Last November, four of the most senior members
of the Oxford University Conservative Association (OUCA) resigned after accusing
other members of engaging in anti- Semitic behavior, including singing a
“I also expect the LSE will have to address
institutional failings as it becomes clear that while this incident was
certainly shocking, it was not wholly unexpected,” Kassam said.