Israel’s ambassador to the UK is evacuated from LSE by security guards as jeering crowd of hard-left activists rush her car and clash with police following attempt to ‘de-platform her’ and ‘smash her car windows’
Tzipi Hotovely was bundled into her diplomatic Jaguar by her bodyguards and raced away after protesters screamed and tried to grab her.
The diplomat, who was part of a debate at the union, carried flowers while thugs yelled ‘aren’t you ashamed’ as they set upon her car.
An Instagram handle called LSE Class War appeared to take credit for the chaos by calling for students to ‘smash her car window’ and ‘storm the building’.
Government ministers Nadhim Zahawi and James Cleverly condemned the ‘aggressive and threatening behaviour’ this morning.
Tzipi Hotovely was bundled into her diplomatic Jaguar by her bodyguards and raced away after protesters screamed and tried to grab her
The diplomat, who was giving a speech at the union, carried flowers while thugs yelled ‘aren’t you ashamed’ as they set upon her car
Government ministers Nadhim Zahawi and James Cleverly condemned the ‘aggressive and threatening behaviour’ this morning
Shocking footage from last night showed Ms Hotovely (pictured) holding flowers as she fled the students’ union after a debate on the Holborn campus
Shocking footage from last night showed Ms Hotovely holding flowers as she fled the students’ union after a debate on the Holborn campus.
She was met by livid pro-Palestine protesters yelling ‘aren’t you ashamed’ while booing and trying to force their way past police.
Bodyguards rushed the diplomat into the back of her Jaguar just as one protester breaks the line of officers before being tackled by her protection.
Her car sped away and was followed by her security in a Land Rover – which had to force its way through the crowd.
Demonstrators chanting ‘shame on you’ later appeared to clash with Met officers guarding the protest. Controversial Instagram account LSE Class War appeared to take credit for organising the chaos.
It wrote before the incident: ‘Whoever smashes the Ambassador car window gets pints.’ The account later added: ’18:25: we’re storming in. Let’s make her shake. F*** the old bill.’
Hadi Nasrallah, who bills himself a researcher focused on Syria, Lebanon and Global Jihadist Terrorism, was the first to share the video on Twitter.
He wrote: ‘Israeli ambassador Tzipi Hotovely was forced to flee London’s LSE university after students protested her presence and refused to give her a platform. This is how colonial war criminals must be treated everywhere. #FreePalestine.
An Instagram handle called LSE Class War appeared to take credit for the chaos but calling for students to ‘smash her car window’ and ‘storm the building’
Ms Hotovely had been invited by the student’s union to take part in a debate forum which sparked anger from anti-Israel protesters.
Pro-Palestine groups and others blasted the union for what they claimed was ‘platforming racism’ and tried to stop her taking part.
They claimed the diplomat had ‘advocated for settler colonialism, engaged in Islamophobic rhetoric and has perpetuated anti-Palestinian racism.’
The toxic scenes were this morning blasted by government ministers who warned of the ‘aggressive and threatening behaviour’.
The UK’s new Education Secretary Mr Zahawi posted on Twitter: ‘This is deeply disturbing, I am so sorry Ambassador Hotovely.’
Minister for Middle East and North Africa in the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office Mr Cleverly added: ‘We value open debate and peaceful protest.
‘The aggressive and threatening behaviour directed at Israeli Ambassador @TzipiHotovely last night was unacceptable.’
Ms Hotovely was a controversial choice as Israel’s Ambassador to the UK, having been appointed by former PM Benjamin Netanyahu and a member of his Likud party.
She took up the role in London last year – provoking uproar among left-wing British Jews after serving as settlements minister back home.
Foreign Minister Yair Lapid tried to oust her from the position when Mr Netanyahu fell earlier this year, but she refused due to her three-year contract.
A petition was set up last year to ban her from becoming ambassador, which read: ‘Hotovely has an appalling record of racist and inflammatory behavior from throughout her political career.
‘As British Jews we are clear: Tzipi Hotovely’s values and politics have no place in the UK. It is crucial that the UK government sends a message that her views are unacceptable, and rejects her nomination as ambassador.’
Ms Hotovely was also deputy foreign minister from 2015 to 2020, a move panned by some for her views on Israel’s settlement movement and rejection of the two-state solution.