The Darkness Closes In On British Academia


By Jonathan Hoffman
February 19, 2010
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Professor Geoffrey Alderman (persona non grata at The Guardian, for writing for CiFWatch) spells it out in today's JC. But he doesn't tell the whole sorry story about the descent of British academia into the darkness of bigotry and blind hatred for Israel, for what that country stands for ...... and therefore for Jews.

Yesterday Israel's Deputy Ambassador had to pull out of a speaking engagement at Machester University, due it seems to concerns about her security in the face of a mindless mob. I am told that the Students' Union has caved in to mob rule and has effectively banned all Israeli speakers from events.

This follows the shameful capitulation to pressure by Cambridge Israel Society President Jake Witzenfeld who revoked their invitation to Benny Morris.

Meantime Islamists and Israel haters such as Ben White have free rein on campus. Azam Tamimi ("we will continue to struggle until Israel is no more”) has spoken not just at SOAS - as Alderman notes - but also recently at Cambridge, QMC and Manchester. And he is due to speak at Birmingham.

And what do the Vice Chancellors do? Pat themselves on the back that they allow 'free speech'.

Except for visiting Israelis, that is...........

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Yvetta

Fri, 02/19/2010 - 10:53

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It's clear that the universities have become a major battleground, and one where Israel is losing the battle for hearts and minds. There are several factors in all this: the fact that since 1967 Israel has been portrayed increasingly as an imperialist aggressor by the left, and this has accelerated with the end of South African apartheid, so that Israel is now the main victim of the left's wrath; the fact that generations growing up since 1967 have been constantly assailed by this propaganda from the disgraceful BBC and other media outlets, especially those organs of "intellectual opinion", the Guardian and the Independent; the increasing presence on campus of Muslim students; the rantings of anti-Israel yordim anbd similarly-minded academics on campus ...
The willingness of university authorities to appease these groups must be fought. VCs and MPs must be lobbied. The aid of the police must be sought if necessary. Disinviting or withdrawing speakers, as has been done over the last fortnight, just feeds the enemy!!!


moshetzarfati2 (not verified)

Fri, 02/19/2010 - 11:00

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The words "sew" and "reap" come to mind here.


Yvetta

Fri, 02/19/2010 - 11:38

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Ha! Blameeng zee veecteem, n'est-pas, mon cheri?


moshetzarfati2 (not verified)

Fri, 02/19/2010 - 11:47

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I don't think the Israelis can claim victimhood on this one, Yvetta.


ibrows

Fri, 02/19/2010 - 13:10

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I think the major problem is only in that some British universities and some newspapers are critical of Israeli state policies, again, as i continually reiterate this does not amount to 'bigotry and blind hatred for Israel... and therefore for all Jews'.

This criticism is not directed against all Jews, its about criticism of Israeli policies, as Marc Eliis has pointed out in his book by the same title, 'Judaism does not equal Israel'.

Ellis argues that the Holocaust has had a profound affect on Jewish identity, upon this i am sure we will all agree. For Ellis, Post-Holocaust Judaism has effaced thousands of years of Jewish identity, he states for now

'majority of Jews today have very little in their lives of ritual or rules, for far more Jews self-identification with Israel is more important than religious observance'.

Elis argues that the identification of Judaism with the state of Israel is a modern one, whereas the history of Judaism goes back five thousand years, this modern association of Judaism with Israel has led to criticism of Israeli policies being wrongly labelled as 'anti-semitic'. Ellis also poses the question of whether the state of Israel has replaced God in this sense for many Jews, clearly not everyone will agree with this, but i thought it was an interesting book, looking at the impact of the Holocaust on Jewish identity

Any thoughts on this anyone?


moshetzarfati2 (not verified)

Fri, 02/19/2010 - 14:55

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Some people like to conflate anti-Israel activities with anti-semitism because that way they have a chance of mobilising Jewish support to their agenda. Not all Jews are Zionists, and not all Zionists feel the need to genuflect when Israel says or does something. In fact, only a minority of them do.


Jonathan Hoffman

Fri, 02/19/2010 - 18:56

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The word 'conflate' is always used by those who refuse to accept the EUMC Definitiion of Antisemitism.

It is a cliché and in this context is completely meaningless.


moshetzarfati2 (not verified)

Sat, 02/20/2010 - 19:09

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The word conflate is used by those who refuse to accept that Israel is synonymous with Jews or Judaism, don't genuflect when Israel does or says something and do not take their orders from Danny Ayalon or Yvet Lieberman. But apart from that the EUMC Working Definition is just that, a cliche accepted by no one except those who conflate anti-Israel actions with anti-Semitism. Those who do the conflating do so because of their desire to spread fear because that is the only way can mobilise Jewish support to their agenda. They are the ones doing the conflating.


cityca

Mon, 02/22/2010 - 23:35

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Jonathan,

First they will stop the Israelis speaking, then they will stop the Jews, then the Hindus, then the Sikhs...

And the fools who run our universities will smile and cheer them on.

Until they stop the Catholics from speaking, but by then, it will be too late.

There is either free speech on campuses for everyone, or everyone is ultimately threatened.

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