Students at Cardiff University are protesting against a planned talk by Israeli Ambassador Mark Regev who has been invited to speak on campus tomorrow.
A petition opposing the invitation has gathered more than 200 signatures in a day.
The event, which bears the title “In Conversation with…Mark Regev, Israeli Ambassador to the UK”, is reportedly organised by “Cardiff Student Media in conjunction with Cardiff University”.
According to the event details, Regev will be interviewed on stage and take audience questions. The event is also only open to Cardiff University students and staff.
In the petition, Cardiff students “express their deep resentment and disappointment at the invitation of Mark Regev”, who, it says, “both stands and covers for” Israeli “war crimes and violations of international law”.
The petition notes Regev’s former role as spokesperson for the Israeli prime minister, during which time “he regularly appeared on television to whitewash and distort the brutal nature of the Israeli military assaults and apartheid regime in the Occupied Palestinian Territories”.
The petition adds that “providing a platform to a representative of an oppressive state such as Israel is akin to providing a platform for representatives of any other terrorist organisations”.
The students conclude by urging Cardiff University to set “a precedent for moral and ethical standards”, and “cancel their event with Mark Regev”.