Israeli attacked in Spain in protest against aid ship raid

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An Israeli businessman on Monday suffered slight injuries caused by students at a Spanish university protesting Israel's use of force against a Gaza-bound aid ship.

Some 200 students prevented three Israelis who were due to take part at a conference on renewable energy at the Autonomous University of Madrid from entering the campus, Spanish media reported.

When the three sought refuge in a police patrol car, the protestors started banging on the windows of the vehicle while chanting "Murderers! Murderers! Murderers!", images broadcast on private television Cuatro showed.

They managed to break the windows of the car, injuring one of the three Israelis, Eytan Levy, in the head.

The university then called off the conference.

In a statement, the Israeli embassy said "violence and sabotage" should never have a place at a university.

"In our view, a university should be an open forum, of thought, of debate and of freedom and difference of opinions should be the basis of dialogue," it added.

Spain's foreign ministry said it "energetically condemned the acts of violence which took place this morning against Israeli participants at a university event in which one of them was injured."

Israel sparked international outrage when its commandos a week ago attacked a fleet of aid ships bound for Gaza.

They killed nine people during the raid and then forced the six ships in the convoy to dock at an Israeli port, before detaining those on board.

Israel has said the commandos opened fire after they came under attack. Their officials say 682 people from 42 countries were on the six ships.

© 2010 AFP

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