Israeli envoy nearly lynched in Britain

Friday, April 30, 2010 |  Israel Today Staff

The deputy chief of mission at the Israeli embassy in London was nearly lynched by Muslim and pro-Palestinian demonstrators after giving a speech at the University of Manchester on Wednesday.

Talya Lador-Fresher said that her speech was repeatedly disrupted by demonstrators hoisting Palestinian flags or yelling anti-Israel slogans. And when she tried to leave the premises, she found the exit blocked by angry protestors.

Fearing for the envoy's safety, embassy staff and the security team at Manchester University evacuated her out a side door to a waiting getaway vehicle, but that too was attacked. Lador-Fresher said the demonstrators attempted to smash the windows of the vehicle, apparently intent on doing her physical harm.

Lador-Fresher said that despite the severity of the incident, she intends to continue speaking on UK campuses, since being cowed by the attacks would only play into the hands of Israel's enemies. Manchester University's director of media relations, Jon Keighren, later told Israel Today that the school's security team made Lador-Fresher's safety their top priority, and suggested that they would do so again should she make a repeat appearance.

There were no reports of arrests following Wednesday's attacks, which further demonstrated the violent anti-Israel atmosphere that is growing in the UK.

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