Social media users objected to reports of violence after Israeli army spokesperson was invited to London university
People have taken to social media to rebut claims that pro-Palestine and pro-Israel supporters clashed at a London university event last night.
Hen Mazzig, an Israeli army spokesperson, was met by a pro-Palestine protest after being invited to speak at University College London (UCL) by the university’s Friends of Israel society.
While police were called in and extra security was present, the university’s union (UCLU) has since stated that this was “due to the controversial nature of the event".
Some reported accounts of disorder but the university has since released a press release stating that “the police reported no instances of violence, and the protest continued from 6:30 to 9:00".
Two sets of protests are said to have taken place, one in support and one in opposition to the event.
Many have since taken to social media to express their feelings towards the event.
Some social media users took issue with Mazzig’s tweet that compared the protests to a "war zone".
I had to be rushed out of the event at @UCL with security. The campus was the war zone and the streets are the safe place. I'm out. My god.
— Hen Mazzig (@HenMazzig) October 27, 2016
Palestinian supporters at UCL appear to have behaved poorly, but to call it a "war zone" is just ridiculous. https://t.co/3joigD4HfS
— Rori Donaghy (@roridonaghy) October 28, 2016
Attendees of the protest also described their experiences.
There was a protest on the UCL campus yday and despite saying it was NOT a religious issue there was islamaphobia and so much racism. Lmfao
— bbygurlllll (@Dxnnii_bbyOX) October 28, 2016
— .Umar (@DerrKaiser) October 28, 2016