Here’s an interesting story which, for obvious reasons, isn’t getting as much traction as one might expect. Zach Confino, a law student, has been offered £1000 compensation by York’s Student Union and an apology will be published online. This step has been welcomed by Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis.
Among the abusive messages Confino received on social media app Yik Yak were “Hitler was onto something,” “Jewish prick” and “Israeli twat.” When attempting to oppose a student union motion to boycott Israeli produce, Confino was told he was responsible for the anti-Semitic abuse he was getting because of his support for Israel, The Times says.
Confino was also, he says, accosted by several members of the university’s Palestine Solidarity Society, including Jeremy Corbyn’s son Tom.
“The number of anti-Semitic incidents I was subject to went from zero in my first year to about 20 in my second and third years,” Confino said, quoted in The Times.
“The university did not do much about it. It has taken me two years to fight a complaint and I am relieved I have finally got this apology. The stuff I was subjected to came from far-left students,” he continued.
Here’s some earlier coverage of Confino’s experiences at York.