UK Students Rights Activist: Hamas-Linked ‘Friends of Al-Aqsa’ Key Fomenter of Campus Antisemitism


Originally published by the Algemeiner.

A British campus activist said on Friday that a key player behind the deteriorating situation for Jewish students in the UK is an outside anti-Israel group with ties to Hamas.

In an oped in the International Business Times, Elliot Miller — a student rights organizer and fellow at the Henry Jackson Society think-tank — accused Friends of Al-Aqsa (FOA) of fomenting antisemitism across UK schools.

Miller wrote that FOA and its partnering organizations are “driving the development of a divisive atmosphere on some campuses,” most recently at the University College London in October, where, as The Algemeiner reported, Jewish students were targeted in coordinated, violent FOA-sponsored protests during a pro-Israel event.

As a result, Jewish students “feel that they are being suffocated when it comes to expressing their views on campus,” he said.

FOA, he continued, is also “very active” on social media, where it identifies potential student societies to sponsor its events. In November alone, he said, FOA “used Twitter to target 39 universities, promoting its ‘Hands off Al-Aqsa’ campaign,” to deny Jewish rights to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem and accuse Israel of “colonization.”

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