Israel’s ambassador to the UK is evacuated from LSE by security guards

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Israel‘s ambassador to the UK was last night evacuated from London School of Economics when pro-Palestine students tried to storm the building.

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Israel‘s ambassador to the UK was last night evacuated from London School of Economics when pro-Palestine students tried to storm the building.

Tzipi Hotovely was bundled into her diplomatic Jaguar by her bodyguards and raced away after protesters screamed and tried to grab her.

The diplomat, who was part of a debate at the union, carried flowers while thugs yelled ‘aren’t you ashamed’ as they set upon her car.

An Instagram handle called LSE Class War appeared to take credit for the chaos by calling for students to ‘smash her car window’ and ‘storm the building’.

Government ministers Nadhim Zahawi and James Cleverly condemned the ‘aggressive and threatening behaviour’ this morning.

Tzipi Hotovely was bundled into her diplomatic Jaguar by her bodyguards and raced away after protesters screamed and tried to grab her

Tzipi Hotovely was bundled into her diplomatic Jaguar by her bodyguards and raced away after protesters screamed and tried to grab her

Tzipi Hotovely was bundled into her diplomatic Jaguar by her bodyguards and raced away after protesters screamed and tried to grab her

The diplomat, who was giving a speech at the union, carried flowers while thugs yelled 'aren't you ashamed' as they set upon her car

The diplomat, who was giving a speech at the union, carried flowers while thugs yelled 'aren't you ashamed' as they set upon her car

The diplomat, who was giving a speech at the union, carried flowers while thugs yelled ‘aren’t you ashamed’ as they set upon her car

Government ministers Nadhim Zahawi and James Cleverly condemned the 'aggressive and threatening behaviour' this morning

Government ministers Nadhim Zahawi and James Cleverly condemned the 'aggressive and threatening behaviour' this morning

Government ministers Nadhim Zahawi and James Cleverly condemned the ‘aggressive and threatening behaviour’ this morning

Footage from last night showed Ms Hotovely (centre at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester on October 5) holding flowers as she fled the students' union after a debate on the Holborn campus

Footage from last night showed Ms Hotovely (centre at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester on October 5) holding flowers as she fled the students' union after a debate on the Holborn campus

Footage from last night showed Ms Hotovely (centre at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester on October 5) holding flowers as she fled the students’ union after a debate on the Holborn campus

Pro-Israel’s settlement movement, anti-two-state solution: Who is Tzipi Hotovely

Tzipi Hotovely was a controversial choice as Israel’s Ambassador to the UK, having been appointed by former PM Benjamin Netanyahu and a member of his Likud party.

She took up the role in London last year – provoking uproar among left-wing British Jews after serving as settlements minister back home.

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid tried to oust her from the position when Mr Netanyahu fell earlier this year, but she refused due to her three-year contract.

A petition was set up last year to ban her from becoming ambassador, which read: ‘Hotovely has an appalling record of racist and inflammatory behavior from throughout her political career.

‘As British Jews we are clear: Tzipi Hotovely’s values and politics have no place in the UK. It is crucial that the UK government sends a message that her views are unacceptable, and rejects her nomination as ambassador.’

Ms Hotovely was also deputy foreign minister from 2015 to 2020, a move panned by some for her views on Israel’s settlement movement and rejection of the two-state solution.

 

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Footage from last night showed Ms Hotovely holding flowers as she fled the students’ union after a debate on the Holborn campus.

She was met by livid pro-Palestine protesters yelling ‘aren’t you ashamed’ while booing and trying to force their way past police.

Bodyguards rushed the diplomat into the back of her Jaguar just as one protester breaks the line of officers before being tackled by her protection.

Her car sped away and was followed by her security in a Land Rover – which had to force its way through the crowd.

Demonstrators chanting ‘shame on you’ later appeared to clash with Met officers guarding the protest.

One student protester told Iran state-affiliated media Press TV: ‘A the students at this university are deeply ashamed. This university has failed the recognise and represent the student body. If Palestinians are not represented we will not stop debating.’

Another said: ‘Someone like this person doesn’t really deserve the right to speak. She’s made comments dehumanising an entire people.

‘If she can dehumanise people and refuse their right to speak, why should she have any…

‘Her appointment as ambassador is evidence enough of the attitude of the current government of Israel and the current attitude of our own government.

‘But we provide… training to Israel more effectively bomb a population that has already suffered enough.’

Instagram account LSE Class War appeared to take credit for organising the chaos.

It wrote before the incident: ‘Whoever smashes the Ambassador car window gets pints.’ The account later added: ’18:25: we’re storming in. Let’s make her shake. F*** the old bill.’

LSE Class War has previously been mocked from trying to ban private school students, eradicate free market economist Friedrich Hayek from the curriculum, no platform speakers and introduce minority quotas for staff.

Hadi Nasrallah, who bills himself a researcher focused on Syria, Lebanon and Global Jihadist Terrorism, was the first to share the video on Twitter.

He wrote: ‘Israeli ambassador Tzipi Hotovely was forced to flee London’s LSE university after students protested her presence and refused to give her a platform. This is how colonial war criminals must be treated everywhere. #FreePalestine.’

Another clip, which appeared to have been posted before the rioting, showed hundreds of youngsters waving Palestine flags outside the building shouting: ‘LSE shame on you.’

Reem Ibrahim, 19, who is studying government at the university, posted the footage online with the caption: ‘Anyone who thinks that shutting down open discussions will help Palestinian people are deluded.’

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