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Written by Student Rights on 16 January 2012 at 11am

LSE student subjected to attack after 'Nazi drinking game'

The London School of Economics has become embroiled in more disgrace as it emerges that a Jewish student had his nose broken after refusing to take part in a 'Nazi drinking game' during a ski trip.

The student, who has not been named, raised objections to the game and told the Guardian: 

"I've seen this kind of game before, so it wasn't so much the game that offended me, as much as the antisemitic gibes that went with it.

"There was a mix of personal references and general Jewish insults. That was after I excused myself from the game. It made me extremely upset. That was the tipping point for me. It was a build-up during the game, and seeing the swastika obviously, but the comments built up to the point where I couldn't forgive myself if I let it slide.

"I feel angry about it now. There's no doubt it was an affront at my identity, but on a personal level it was extremely upsetting."

Raheem Kassam, director of the counter-extremism group Student Rights said: "When I saw this story, I was disgusted and upset, but least of all, surprised. Anti-Semitic undertones plague British university campuses and this is not the first time we've seen something like this occur.

When considering the wider context of anti-Semitism in British society, it is clear that the trend is on the increase and that the authorities must work tirelessly to stamp out this vile form of racism with the vigour it would apply to any other forms of racism.

The London School of Economics must ask what role campus conditions played in this and address these issues in a fully transparent investigation not just into this incident, but into hate-crime amongst the student population in general."