Even a mere meeting between Mark Regev, Israel’s new ambassador to the United Kingdom, with Baroness Valerie Amos, Director of the London School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), cannot escape the attention of BDS hate and spite.
Following the meeting graffiti appeared on the campus which included the slogan “F—k Regev, Amos and Israel. BDS [Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions] or else!”, according to The Jewish Chronicle.
The meeting between Regev and Amos also led to coalition of SOAS student groups issuing a statement condemning the meeting “as an act of normalization with Israel,” calling it a “flagrant violation of the principles of the BDS movement,” which the student government endorsed in 2015, and demanding an apology from Amos.
In an emailed response to the student union, Amos said: “I met the Israeli ambassador to follow-up on a letter I had sent him about the detention and treatment of an SOAS research student at Ben Gurion airport.” She added that she saw this “as an important part of my responsibility as director.”
On Wednesday, Regev posted on Twitter a photo of himself posing with Amos after their meeting. He assumed his post as ambassador this week, having previously served from 2007-15 as spokesperson for the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office.