A candidate for president of the U.K.’s largest Jewish student organization is the target of social media harassment for his pro-Palestinian activism, the London Jewish Chronicle reported.
Facebook users have called Eran Cohen, a leading candidate to run the Union of Jewish Students, a “disgusting Kapo” and a “self-hating Jew,” according to the paper.
Cohen, an undergraduate student at York University, supports the BDS movement and has been active in pro-Palestinian student groups.
U.K. Jewish Student Activist Called a ‘Disgusting Kapo’ By Facebook Harassers
UJS represents Jewish students in the U.K. and Ireland. Its student leaders are elected by a vote of the members.
The group’s executive director, David Brown, issued a Facebook statement asking for the harassment to stop, according to the Chronicle.
“Some of the ‘grown-ups’ in our community need to follow the lead of our students and engage with ideas they oppose with far more respect and civility,” Brown said.
This story "British Jewish Student Activist Called a ‘Disgusting Kapo’ By Facebook Harassers" was written by Josh Nathan-Kazis.
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