Miliband Postpones Oxford Visit Over Anti-Semitism Charges

YERUSHALAYIM -

The resignation of a Jewish student from an Oxford University club in protest against an anti-Israeli and anti-Semitic atmosphere has prompted a prominent Labor politician to cancel an appearance there, Arutz Sheva reported on Wednesday.

Former British Labor Party leader Ed Miliband postponed an address at the Oxford University Labor Club (OULC) annual dinner on March 4 because of the charges made by Alex Chalmers, a student at Oriel College, who resigned as co-chairman of the OULC on Tuesday.

A spokesperson for Miliband said: “Ed is deeply disturbed to hear of reports of anti-Semitism in the Oxford University Labor Club. It is right that the executive of the club has roundly condemned the comments and fully co-operates with the Labor students’ investigation. Ed and the Labour Club have agreed that his talk should be postponed until the investigation is resolved.”

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, the Israeli Embassy’s Charge d’Affaires Eitan Na’eh issued a statement denouncing the OULC.

“The Embassy of Israel is appalled by reports of anti-Semitism, intimidation of Jewish students, and support for terrorism against Israel at the Oxford Labor Club,” the statement read. “We would not expect such disgraceful activity from any morally upright person – let alone students at one of the most prestigious universities in the world. “Anti-Semitism masquerading as politics is abhorrent. It must be recognized as such and condemned by all.”