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Planned talk by Israeli Ambassador at Trinity College is cancelled after protests

Students for Justice in Palestine said there was an imbalance on the planned panel.

About 40 students protested in Trinity's arts block.
About 40 students protested in Trinity's arts block.
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A TALK IN Trinity College Dublin with the Israeli Ambassador to Ireland was cancelled at the last-minute because of protests.

The event had been organised by Trinity’s Society For International Affairs (SOFIA) but its format was opposed by another college group, Students for Justice in Palestine.

The event was scheduled for last night at 7pm in the Thomas Davis Lecture Theatre and was to comprise a 15 minute talk by Israeli Ambassador Ze’ev Boker followed by 45 minutes of questions from the floor.

SOFIA’s promotion of the event said that said that the Ambassador “is sure to bring us a unique insight into a well-known delicate situation.”

Students for Justice in Palestine objected to the planned appearance arguing that there was no opposing view being put forward.

The group objected the terms of the event, claiming that “the terms, security and topic” were set by the Israeli Embassy.

Students for Justice in Palestine is also seeking a full boycott of Israeli institutions by Trinity “until the rights of Palestinian communities are respected and Israel complies with international law. ”

SOFIA said before the event that “security would be tight” and that only their members were allowed attend with a valid membership card.

A Students for Justice in Palestine protest held at the theatre last night attended by about 40 students saw demonstrators waving Palestinian and chanting a number of slogans.

Posted by on Friday, 28 January 2022

The protest led to the event being cancelled with SOFIA’s chair Grace Conway telling the University Times that the society was “deeply saddened” at the cancellation.

“We feel that it was a misunderstanding of what we were trying to do as a society, which was to provide a platform for discourse and we don’t discriminate against any ambassador,” she said.

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