Voluntary Sector: Taking action ... University students vs Israel/LPS vs Bicom

Protesters: University students/London Palestine Solidarity (LPS)
Target: Israel/Bicom
Location: Nationwide
Date: 13-26 January

- What happened?

Students at more than 16 universities including Oxford and Cambridge have taken part in organised 'sit-ins' to protest against Israeli's military action in Gaza. Separately, ten activists from London Palestine Solidarity stormed the offices of the Britain Israel Communications & Research Centre (Bicom) in London and ripped out cables, cut telephone lines and threw leaflets out of the windows, according to The Jewish Chronicle.

- Why the protest?

The students want to show their solidarity with the people of Gaza, and are urging universities to condemn Israel's action and remove investments from Israeli companies providing equipment for the offensive. The activists targeted Bicom because they claimed it played a key role in publicly justifying Israel's offensive.

- What was the response?

Varied. Some universities such as the LSE have met the protesters, others have refused. Bicom CEO Lorna Fitzsimons called the storming of her offices 'utterly reprehensible' and stressed that the organisation was 'pro-peace'.

- How did the media cover it?

The student protests were widely covered in the nationals. The Guardian said the protests spelled 'a return to radicalism'. Meanwhile the separate protest at Bicom's offices was covered in The Guardian and the Jewish press.

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