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Written by Student Rights on 23 May 2012 at 4pm

Evening with 9/11 'truther' wins best event prize at Middlesex University

Back in February Student Rights drew attention to an event at Middlesex University called ‘Is Israel an Apartheid state’ which featured Ken O’Keefe and Baroness Tonge as its speakers.

At this event, O’Keefe declared that “Israel and Mossad were directly involved in 9/11” and that he wants “...no part of Israel, it has no place in this world. And it must in its current form, if you want me to use some inflammatory language, in its current form should be destroyed”.

Despite these dangerous and delusional views he was supported by Baroness Tonge, who then told the audience that “Israel is not going to be there forever” and that one day “Israel will lose its support and then they will reap what they have sown”. 

These comments later led Labour leader Ed Milliband to say that there is “No place in politics for those who question existence of the state of Israel” and following an ‘apologise or resign’ ultimatum from party leader Nick Clegg she resigned.

It would seem wise then, given the controversy that surrounded this event, the hostile partisan nature of the panel and crowd and the applause that followed O’Keefe’s comments about destroying Israel, for the Student Union to try and forget about that evening.

Instead, Student Rights have discovered that the Middlesex University Student Union recently awarded the Free Palestine Society an award for best society event, with the ‘Is Israel an Apartheid state’ event scooping the prize.

 

That one of the most unpleasant events we have seen this academic year is rewarded with a ‘best event’ award by the Student Union at Middlesex is deeply concerning.

We call for the trustees of the Student Union to consider the damage that endorsing the presence of Ken O’Keefe, a man who talks of “the Jewish supremacism that is of dire consequence to our world”, could do to campus cohesion at Middlesex University, as well as to their reputation.