A proposed talk by Colonel Geva Rapp, head of ground operations for the Israeli military in Gaza at the Union of Jewish Student’s London Student Centre yesterday was met by a large protest including student activists from University of London colleges

By Joe Rennison
Published: January 30th, 2009

An e-mail, circulated by the organisers, described Rapp as: “deputy commander of ground forces in Operation Cast Lead in Gaza this month. Geva is the Founder and Director of Panim el Panim - an organisation committed to unity in Israel and the teaching of Jewish values amongst young Israelis in preparation for their army service.”. . .

But a source told London Student: “No, he didn’t speak. As far as I know he wasn’t going to be able to make it from quite early in the evening and that this was not to do with the protests.”. . .

With the number of protesters increasing, police called for the south side of Euston Road to be blocked off. . . .

Jen Jones, Goldsmiths College SU Campaigns and Communications officer, said: “A group of Goldsmiths students tried to get inside the building and when this happened the police began not simply stopping them or standing in their way but attacking the group trying to enter and also the entire crowd behind. The police were incredibly violent, I had my hair pulled, my ribs bruised and another student next to me was kneed in the face.” --NewsHammer 2/02/2009

Continue reading the Jan 30, 2009 article from London University's London Student

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Students around UL demonstrate on both sides of the political divide

By Joe Rennison, News Editor Protests against the ongoing conflict in Gaza have spread throughout University of London colleges over the past few weeks. Continue reading

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By William Wilkes A group of about forty LSE students are occupying the university's Old Lecture Theatre, demanding action from the school over the conflict in Gaza. Continue reading

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Israel is acting in self-defence against Hamas

By Aaron Kienwald There is no shadow of doubt that the one thing emerging from the conflict in Gaza is the terrible loss of innocent civilians on both sides. Continue reading

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  1. Alan Gillis // 2/26/2009 12:55 PM  

    Alan Gillis Comment in London Student,
    Feb 3rd, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Is it just me or does the media have a built in bias against investigating what they’re reporting? If they checked their Gaza coverage they might see that
    events and interviews can also be a smokescreen for what’s happening.

    There’s little sense of history here and the games both sides in the conflict play.
    Thanks to Joe Rennison and London Student for not losing your nerve in a sea of circumlocutions and bloodless coverage. If Gaza sets a new bar for acceptable retaliation, then not only is the Middle East ripe for slaughter, like the IDF teaching Iran a lesson, but an entire sleeping arsenal of nuclear WMD might one day be activated as an acceptable deterrent. The thin edge of the wedge is in Gaza now. . . .