May 4, 2016
- No Excuse for Violent Disruption of Talks by Israeli Speakers at Universities – Edward Byrne
Violent protests occurred during a talk given by Ami Ayalon on the campus of King’s College London in January. I want to reaffirm here that King’s is opposed to any form of disruptive action that might interfere with the university’s core purpose to promote scholarship and learning. We are absolutely committed to peaceful and respectful dialogue where people have conflicting views.
There was no excuse for the behavior of a vocal minority of protesters at the event in January. We are taking appropriate action in accordance with our misconduct regulations. Intimidating behavior is completely unacceptable and goes against everything that we stand for at King’s. We do not, and will not, condone the use of any form of violent protest. We have a duty to uphold freedom of speech within the law and will fight against intolerance wherever it is found. The writer is president and principal of King’s College London. (Ha’aretz)