The mock checkpoint is a feature of the annual “Israel Apartheid Week,” which has been heavily criticised by Jewish groups, human rights activists and politicians who are concerned about the normalisation of anti-Semitism on campuses in the UK, North America and elsewhere.
In 2011, sixteen African-American members of the Vanguard Leadership Group published an open letter in several university newspapers, saying that the use of the word “apartheid” in regards to Israel “is not only false, but offensive.
Source: Cambridge University may face Legal Action over Mock Israeli Checkpoint – Jewish Media Agency
It is a shame that this has gone to the courts. The university deserves censure for not understanding the difference between encouraging free speech and condoning intimidation and stoking ethnic hatred.
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