Written by Student Rights on 16 January 2012 at 11am

PRESS RELEASE: Jewish student attacked after Nazi drinking game

PRESS RELEASE - 16th January 2011, Jewish student attacked after Nazi drinking game

A Nazi themed drinking game at the French ski resort Val d’Isère left a Jewish student with a broken nose after he was attacked when he attempted to excuse himself after anti-Semitic remarks were made.

Organised by the London School of Economics Athletics Union, the ski trip with around 150 people involved a game called ‘Nazi Ring of Fire’, in which playing cards are arranged in the shape of a swastika and players are required to “Salute the Fuhrer”.

Student Rights, a campus-monitoring group have stressed that this is not to be treated as an isolated incident. Rupert Sutton, a researcher for the group said: “The truth is there has been a worrying rise in anti-Semitic incidents on university campuses in recent years. Last year four members of the Oxford University Conservative Association resigned in protest at anti-Semitic songs being sung at meetings and the School of Oriental and African Studies as well as the LSE have also encountered anti-Semitism on campus in the recent past.”

In March 2011 a Jewish student was violently assaulted at an event run by the School of Oriental and African Studies Palestine Society. At the same event one activist allegedly stated that “the best thing the Jews have ever done was go into the gas chamber. It was the best thing to happen to Germany to have been cleaned of Jews. The same thing needs to happen to the Middle East”.

There have also been previous incidents at the LSE including a talk by Abdel Bari Atwan on December 6th 2010 during which he repeatedly referred to the “Jewish Lobby”, a contravention of the LSE Student Union Anti-Semitism policy. Further to this, when a Jewish student complained of Atwan’s publication of the Star of David with Nazi symbols a member of the audience shouted “but you are Nazis!”.

Student Rights Director Raheem Kassam has drawn attention to this, stating that “This disturbing incident may come as a shock to many, but the reality is that anti-Semitism is on the rise across British universities. Despite many previous warnings, British campuses have become conducive to intolerance and anti-Semitism and this simply cannot be allowed to continue”.

“A full and transparent investigation must now take place, with the offending students placed on immediate suspension. I also expect the LSE will have to address institutional failings as it becomes clear that while this incident was certainly shocking, it was not wholly unexpected."

This shocking behaviour has been condemned by the LSE Jewish Society, whose President Jay Stoll said that “those who believe the game was all in good humour need to realize that when a Jewish student is subject to violence and the Nazi ideology glorified it is no joke but a spiteful, collective attack on a community.”