In 2012 Edinburgh University Students for Justice in Palestine went on hunger strike “in solidarity with” Hana Al-Shalabi, a member of Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Palestinian Islamic Jihad is banned under UK law as a terror group, and it is responsible for acts of violence, such as suicide bombings, which have killed Israeli Jews and Arabs alike. Israeli authorities detained her in February 2012, but Hamas secured her release in the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange.
It was reported in 2012 that a number of Jewish students at Edinburgh, including a former chair of Edinburgh’s Jewish Society, were dropping out of their courses due to a “toxic atmosphere” at the university, which made them uncomfortable. According to the article in the Jewish Chronicle, students felt that they had to “hide their Jewish identity due to the hostile atmosphere at Edinburgh”.
Sarah Glynn, a former lecturer of Human Geography at Edinburgh, supported Paul Donnachie, a student at St Andrews convicted of racially aggravated behaviour following an anti-Semitic incident in which Donnachie labeled a Jewish student a “terrorist” and defiled an Israeli flag belonging to the student.  She also took part in a demonstration outside the Israeli Embassy at which protesters shouted “Khyber al-Yahud” (an Islamic battle cry celebrating the death and defeat of Jews in the battle of Khyber) and “Israel if you want war, don’t keep knocking at the door.”
Edinburgh has a partnership with the Iran Heritage Foundation, a UK charity founded and chaired by Vahid Alaghband.  Alaghbad also founded and chairs the Balli Group, which was issued with a Temporary Denial Order by the US Department of Commence after it “knowingly re-exported three US origin aircraft to Iran in violation of the Export Administration Regulations.” He is also a major donor and ambassador of the PARSA Community Foundation, whose beneficiary, the National Iranian American Council, is reported to have connections with the regime.