By Jonathan Hoffman
February 19, 2010
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...........