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Written by Student Rights on 28 March 2014 at 5am

Muslim Prayer Room attacked at KCL

The sign for a Muslim prayer room has been defaced at King’s College London (KCL) in the wake of a controversial vote on the Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS).

Just days after the KCL Union voted to adopt the policy the sign was left with a number of deep scratches after an attack by unknown individuals.

Whilst there is no evidence the attack was related, it has been interpreted in this way by some Muslim students at KCL, and even by many of those that opposed the BDS motion.

In response the President of the KCL Israel Society Samuel Steinbock issued a strong statement, writing on Facebook:

Let me be clear. This isn't ok. Whoever did this should be ashamed. Not on”.

He also highlighted to Student Rights a comment he had received from one Muslim student who stated that she was “genuinely scared”.

The BDS vote had already left Jewish students in tears after the vote was followed by chants of “from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free”.

At the time the union Interfaith Officer Nik Jovcic-Sass said this reaction “was both disrespectful and intimidating”.

However, this does not excuse a disgraceful attack on the facilities used by Muslim students, which is by extension an attack on that community.

Here at Student Rights we condemn this behaviour, which will leave Muslim students feeling unsafe and only damage campus cohesion further, and hope the culprit is dealt with severely.

Student Rights researcher Rupert Sutton adds: “As a KCL alumnus I am ashamed to see such behaviour, and hope that KCLSU and the university authorities will take this incident extremely seriously”.