By Jonathan Hoffman
February 3, 2010
Benny Morris has made some robust remarks about Palestinians, because he was worried by the Intifada, as most Israelis were. But the idea that he is "Islamophobic" is absurd. He has taught Jewish and Muslim students alike. He is concerned about terrorism but he is not, repeat not, "Islamophobic".
And I have sat through countless anti-Israel meetings at British Universities, many of which have crossed the boundary into antisemitism.
To revoke Morris' invitation was a terrible decision.
Cambridge University Israel Society invited him in the full knowledge of who he is, what he stands for and what he has said. I understand pressure was brought to bear on them by the Student Union. That was also wrong.
I have some knowledge of what has been happening at Cambridge as I spoke there last year, to a meeting organised by Cambridge Gaza Solidarity. It was well chaired, I was able to say what I wanted and was received politiely. In my book these things made it a success: