As Matthew points out, the tone of the letter—signed by Students' Union General Secretary, Fadhil Bakeer Markar, and Mature & Part Time Students Officer, Ziyaad Lunat—is inflammatory and partisan.
From the statement that "800 Palestinian children have been killed by the Israeli Occupation Force" to "our fellow Palestinians", to the idea that Israel denies the right to education and "Israeli policies of segregation, isolation and persecution of the Palestinian population" the letter would be more at home in some Islamist newsletter than being sent to every LSE fresher.
This is particularly shocking as the letterhead suggests it has been paid for with students' union resources which means that it has been funded largely through the university's block grant and, therefore, partly by the taxpayer.
Matthew also points out that there are Israeli students at the LSE: this is hardly designed to make them feel included is it?
Which seems strangely at odds with the General Secretary's website statement. [Emphasis mine.]
The deceptive title of General Secretary doesn’t involve taking minutes, but responsible for overall leadership and co-ordination of the Union activities, campaigns and committees. The General Secretary chairs the SU Executive and is also the primary representative of LSE Students to the School and external bodies such as NUS, ULU and the Media.
Fadhil’s priorities for the year includes, building a better relationship between the School and SU, to lobby for a 24 hour common room, make the Union more inclusive, to lobby for better student support and to improve every student’s experience of LSE.
“To make the most of your time at LSE, sign up for clubs and societies, attend UGM and vote wisely at elections” [sic]
Well, I think that—with enough support in the blogosphere—we can help Fadhil with his wish to make the SU more inclusive, and simiultaneously allow him to represent the SU to the media: a double whammy of delight, if you will. Alternatively, why not take Fadhil up on this offer...?
Contact Fadhil on firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7955 7147
And why not also contact Ziyaad Lunat, Mature and Part-Time Officer?
My responsibilities include ensuring the welfare and representation of mature and part-time students, liaison with the Education and Welfare sabbatical on Academic and Welfare Issues affecting mature and Part-Time Students' Forum and holding regular surgeries to deal with enquiries from mature and part-time students.
You can contact me on: email@example.com
There are a number of topics that you might raise. For instance, whilst they are supporting their "fellow Palestinians", perhaps Fadhil and Ziyaad could ask them to pressure their "fellow Palestinians" to stop the constant rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip?
At the same time, perhaps their "fellow Palestinians" might also appeal to the Arab countries to honour their 1947 pledge to guarantee Israel's borders (rather than, for instance, attempting to invade)?
Or maybe Fadhil and Ziyaat might care to comment on the suicide bombers who, thanks to the infamous Wall, seem to be having rather less success in blowing up Israeli clubs and pizza parlours than they did a few years ago?
No doubt Fadhil and Ziyaat will be more than happy to answer your questions, especially if you happen to be an LSE student. I mean, we all know that students are some of the most fatuous people on the planet and so we do not expect much, but maybe the LSE student body would like also like to ask some questions of their representatives?
Oh, and your humble Devil would love to hear from any LSE students who voted for these two bigoted goons: may one ask what your motivations were? Or has the LSE always been a hotbed of anti-Israeli bigotry?