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Labour Friends of Israel joins call for ban on ‘Israeli Apartheid Week’ events

Israeli Apartheid Week 2019
The poster for Israeli Apartheid Week 2019

Westminster-based lobby group Labour Friends of Israel (LFI) has joined calls by other pro-Israel organisations for Israeli Apartheid Week events to be banned on British campuses.

In their latest newsletter, LFI urged its supporters to back “the campaign against Israel Apartheid Week”, describing the annual event was “a vicious slur against the world’s only Jewish state”.

Israeli Apartheid Week is marked every year with events around the world, especially on university campuses, where Palestinians and their allies draw attention to Israeli human rights violations.

“Please support the campaign against Israel Apartheid Week currently being run by our friends at the Israel Britain Alliance and We Believe in Israel,” LFI added

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Israel Britain Alliance is a project of the Zionist Federation, while We Believe in Israel is a project of Israel advocacy organisation BICOM.

The newsletter contains a link for the censorship campaign, which refers to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism, and asks why the UK government is allowing such events to take place.

“It’s because our lawmakers are too afraid and politically correct to ban hate speech”, the campaign continues, urging the sympathetic to “stand against hate”.

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