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University protests & the importance of dialogue

Season 1

Protest tents are popping up at London universities following student encampments in the US, set up in opposition to Israel over its war against Hamas in Gaza.

But there are concerns the flashpoint violence we’ve seen at august academic institutions including UCLA and Columbia, could spread to Britain.

It comes as Education Secretary Gillian Keegan joins the prime minister in urging vice-chancellors to “crack down” on anti-Semitic abuse on campuses and create “a safe environment for all students”.

The Standard podcast is joined by Sharon Booth, founder of Solutions Not Sides, a London charity aiming to bridge the chasm through dialogue, listening, understanding and critical thinking - including young inviting Israeli and Palestinian speakers to speak with 14 to 18 year olds.

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