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Cambridge University students disrupt open day in protest over college's ties to Israeli arms firm

Students disrupted a maths open day at Cambridge University's Trinity College on Saturday as they protested against the college’s ties to Israel’s largest arms company.

The college has been under sustained pressure from students since the International Centre of Justice for Palestinians, a UK human rights group, issued it with a legal notice over its investments in Elbit Systems. 

The legal notice was issued after Middle East Eye had reported in February this year that the college had £61,735 invested in Elbit, as well as holdings in Caterpillar, a US-based heavy equipment company, General Electric, Toyota, Rolls-Royce, Barclays Bank, and L3Harris Industries.

The protesters urged prospective students not to apply to Trinity due to its “complicity in Israel’s genocide of the Palestinian people”. 

Open-day attendees were handed leaflets by protesters, which read: “If you apply to Trinity you will be part of a college which profits from the murder of civilians [and] face regular protests from your local community.”