A student society at the University of Cambridge has been slammed for its decision to invite notorious far-right Israeli minister Naftali Bennett for an event on campus next week.
According to the report in student paper Varsity, Cambridge’s Middle East and North Africa Forum (MENAF) will host the Jewish Home party leader on November 19, an event condemned by Cambridge University Palestine Society (PalSoc).
A spokesperson for PalSoc, which has urged MENAF to cancel the event, said:
Bennett is a vocal opponent of Palestinian self-determination and statehood, and his party calls for Israel to unilaterally and illegally annex the majority of the occupied West Bank.
The minister, who has previously declared that Israel belongs to the Jews. Period, is also a vocal proponent of internationally-condemned policies of collective punishment, and in 2013, declared:
MENAF defended the event on the grounds that Bennett is a rising star in Israeli politics and represents the views of a sizable portion of the Israeli population and its government.
MENAF also claimed that Bennett had reached out to them to host the event.
Source: Palestine Chronicle