Medical students call for trainee doctor to be expelled from university for anti-Semitism
Medical students in Warsaw have demanded that a fellow student be expelled after she was seen holding an anti-Semitic sign at a pro-Palestine march.
Marie Anderson sparked international outrage when she was pictured at the demonstration in the Polish capital on Saturday carrying a poster showing the Israeli flag being binned next to the words “keep the world clean”.
When reporters asked her about the meaning of the poster, the 5th year student whose husband is Jordanian denied she was targeting Jews and said the message was aimed at the Israeli government.
Talking to NEXTA TV, the woman said: “Not Jews, of course not Jews. Freedom of religion is also a human right, which we support but we do not support the Israeli government and the ethnical genocide they are doing right now to the Palestinian people.”
Pictures of the woman holding the sign quickly went viral, with the Israeli ambassador to Poland calling on Polish authorities to “stop this blatant Antisemitism before it gets out of control.”
In response, the Polish president Andrzej Duda said: “We Poles, because of the memory of those who were murdered during the Holocaust, can never agree to any manifestation of anti-Semitism in any form, and any signs of it arouse our deep indignation.
“In Poland, there is no permission to express hatred against anyone. This is completely contrary to the values on which the Republic of Poland is based.”
Now, fellow students at Warsaw Medical University have launched a campaign to have Anderson expelled and prevent her getting a doctor’s license in Poland and Norway.
In emails sent to the university, the Polish Medical Chamber and the Norwegian Medical Chamber, the students expressed their “profound concern and deep disappointment” regarding Andersen’s actions and asked for “information about her expulsion and consideration of further legal action” against her.
A petition by the university’s Student Union has also been signed by over 3,000 people.
On Monday, the university issued a statement on social media saying: "One of the main values of the University is respect for each person.
“We unequivocally condemn all manifestations of hatred, including those based on nationality and race.
“The incident took place outside the Medical University of Warsaw.
"The University authorities have taken appropriate steps provided for by law.”
According to reports, Anderson has since appeared in front of university authorities to explain her behavior but so far no further steps have been taken.
One furious student said: “We’re working to remove her from uni!”
Another said: “If the university does not take proper action, Norway should not provide her a medical license, as well as other nations that take Nazism seriously.”