The Times today reports on how, during an address to the Oxford Union by the Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister, a pro-Palestinian protester allegedly shouted out, "Kill the Jews!"
It's quite one thing thing for one or other side to express disagreement, even anger (though this achieves nothing), over the current Middle East conflict. But imagine the outrage (and rightly so) if at a similar meeting a Jewish student had shouted out, "Death to Arabs!" For that matter, imagine attending a meeting where someone called for the death of Whites, Asians, Blacks, or whatever other ethnic group. We would be pretty united in our disgust and outrage.
Yet in keeping with a recent recorded rise in anti-Semitic incidents here in the UK, it seems this kind of thing seems to go on quite a bit on British campuses, while condemnation does not always seem to be immediate and concerted. It's almost as if racist abuse towards Jews is somehow different from that aimed at other ethnic groups, and definitely so if the target is Israeli. Even one of the comments following the Times story complained about the Jews hijacking the term "Semitic", while another remarked Israelis couldn't handle free speech.
It seems, though, that the student in question might be out of luck because the Deputy FM, in a new policy of zero tolerance towards anti-Semitic abuse, is apparently looking at the video evidence to see if he can pursue the matter through our race hate laws. Good!