These Pears Are Rotten


By Jonathan Hoffman
April 30, 2013
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I have written before about the Pears Foundation. One of the principal philanthropic organisations in the UK Jewish Community funds would-be Israel boycotters.

http://www.thejc.com/blogs/jonathan-hoffman/pears-foundation-funds-israe...

http://www.thejc.com/blogs/jonathan-hoffman/is-antisemitism-institute-pa...

http://www.thejc.com/blogs/jonathan-hoffman/pears-and-forward-thinking-l...

http://217.18.90.33/blogpost/john-ging-invited-pears-not-limmud-taking-t...

And the Institute which it funds (the Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism at Birkbeck College, London University) sees nothing wrong with hosting Israel traducers such as Jacqueline Rose who makes antisemitic comparisons between Jews and Nazis (in an interview in 2005, Rose said: “It seems to me that the suffering of a woman on the edge of the pit with her child during the Nazi era, and a Palestinian woman refused access to a hospital through a checkpoint and whose unborn baby dies as a result, is the same”).

Now this wholly inappropriately named Institute is organising (in June) a conference on Boycotts, unbelievably featuring at least two boycotters - John Chalcraft of LSE and Philip Marfleet of University of East London.

http://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/43726/jewish-leader-threatened-lse-isr...

http://www.pearsinstitute.bbk.ac.uk/events/events-calendar/boycotts-past...

I quote: “ …the conference seeks to create an academic forum to better comprehend the causes and content of boycott movements and to advance understanding of whether and how BDS sits within the debate on contemporary antisemitism”

It is utterly wrong that a so-called “Institute for the Study of Antisemitism” should give a platform to boycotters and to those who believe that a boycott of Israel is either justified or is not antisemitic.

What next, Professor David Feldman of Birkbeck – a Conference on Holocaust Denial, starring David Irving?

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joemillis1959

Tue, 04/30/2013 - 17:29

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I'm sure it's a mere oversight, but you haven't mentioned those on the panel - a large majority - who are vehemently anti-BDS. Seems Chalcraft is going to have a tough job on his hands.

Maybe the usual shouty suspects won't turn up and make the BDS-ers' case for them.

I'd leave stifling debate to the BDS-ers.


happygoldfish

Wed, 05/01/2013 - 09:04

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Jonathan Hoffman: … is organising (in June) a conference on Boycotts, unbelievably featuring John Chalcraft of LSE, a would be boycotter.

the conference is 19th-21st june, in a single room, and comprises eight 90-minute "panels"

chalcraft is only in panel 7, "Legal and Ethical Perspectives on BDS" (last day, 11.30-13.00), with oliver learman and kenneth marcus

he is one of 29 featured participants

jonathan, is there anything wrong with the other 28? (you haven't said so)

if not, what is "unbelievable" or "utterly wrong" about one of those 29 being john chalcraft?


Harvey

Wed, 05/01/2013 - 10:15

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Happy
Playing Devils Advocate becomes tedious after a while .
The fact that Chalcraft appears in one seminar contaminates the rest . It nails Pears colours firmly to the mast . Surely you see that .


happygoldfish

Wed, 05/01/2013 - 14:59

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happygoldfish: jonathan, is there anything wrong with the other 28? (you haven't said so)

ah, i see you've just added philip marfleet, co-author (with tom hickey) of "the south africa moment: palestine israel and the boycott" in international socialism magazine

(see also eg http://www.pacbi.org/etemplate.php?id=742 and http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/6705131.stm)

he's in panel 8, "BDS and the Global Era" (last day, 14.00-15.30), with sina arnold and aleksandra gliszczynska-grabias …

Jonathan Hoffman: … is organising (in June) a conference on Boycotts, unbelievably featuring at least two boycotters - John Chalcraft of LSE and Philip Marfleet of University of East London.

ok, so that's two out of 29!

any more?


Rich Armbach

Wed, 05/01/2013 - 17:34

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The loneliness of the long distance unceremoniously dumped ex co vice chair in a desperate search for relevance and attention.


joemillis1959

Wed, 05/01/2013 - 18:22

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Harvey, I hope you are aware of the halachic concept of batel be'shishim - or in this case, batel be'chatzi shishim. Basically, it means that one little part of a large whole gets cancelled out - diluted to the point of irrelevance, if you will.

In the free market of ideas - which I am sure you subscribe to - there are many sensible ways to combat what Chalcraft etc say.

Shouting down or protesting against one or two speakers is not one of them. It's like PressTV or Russia Today broadcasting a report about some nutjob in Loonyville, Iowa, going on strike and reporting that it's the end of Western civilisation/capitalism. It also betrays a certain amount of intolerance.

And anyway, as you correctly stated elsewhere, this whole BDS/PSC-Ultra-Zionist conflict is nothing more than a storm in a very small pond and has very little - if any - bearing on yer average lad or ladette on the Clapham Omnibus.

Great news, by the way. I see that the New Israel Fund and Yachad are part of the cross-communal Closer to Israel project, which is being supported by the Board of Deputies, UJIA, the JLA, the Israeli embassy and the Zionist Federation. I hope that the anti-NIF and anti-Yachad people won't demonstrate against the Closer to Israel rally and parade in Trafalgar Square on June 2. It would be so unseemly and divisive.


Ben F

Tue, 05/07/2013 - 11:05

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zaheerayin

Tue, 05/07/2013 - 16:07

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Happy, how much of your apparent stupidity is feigned and how much is real?


happygoldfish

Tue, 05/07/2013 - 17:05

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Ben F: Apartheid in action

yes, ben, if two 12-year-old boys, one an israeli arab and the other a palestinian arab, get arrested for fighting, they will be dealt with under different judicial procedures

but how is that apartheid?


Rich Armbach

Wed, 05/08/2013 - 12:48

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http://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/107195/stephen-hawking-boycott-israel-...

The funniest thing about this episode is that it resulted in the carpetbagger Raheem Kassam he of the comic The Commentatero " fame " lecturing Hawking on being " thoughtful ".


Mary in Brighton

Wed, 05/08/2013 - 14:53

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It all depends on your sense of humour I suppose.


Rich Armbach

Wed, 05/08/2013 - 16:04

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The simplicity is there. " It's complex " is the last refuge of the bullchitter. Bullchit away to your heart's content


happygoldfish

Wed, 05/08/2013 - 17:22

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Rich Armbach: http://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/107195/stephen-hawking-boycott-israel-...

see the blog on the topic, here

suzanna

Wed, 05/15/2013 - 09:59

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Apartheid in action:

http://roadmaptoapartheid.org/


happygoldfish

Fri, 05/31/2013 - 18:00

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why did you post this on two separate blogs over shavuot?

now i have to answer it twice

suzanna: http://roadmaptoapartheid.org/

yes, the racists are so desperate to accuse israel of apartheid that they even try to give the impression that nelson mandela agrees with them!

roadmaptoapartheid.org's mainpage cleverly supports its let's-compare-israel-with-apartheid film with a quote from (president) nelson mandela (4/12/1997, pretoria): "We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians."

of course, the quote is true, but nelson mandela was not in any way supporting the racist israel-is-apartheid lie

nelson mandela knows full well what apartheid is, and has never compared israel with apartheid

the quote is from his address at the 1997 "international day of solidarity with the palestinian people" (on the za.gov website at http://www.info.gov.za/speeches/1997/12080W18097.htm) …

he emphatically supports the palestinians' right to a state, and he does mention apartheid, but in relation only to south africa, going on immediately to link the palestinians not to apartheid but to east timor and sudan …

In the same period, the UN took a strong stand against apartheid; and over the years, an international consensus was built, which helped to bring an end to this iniquitous system.
But we know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians; without the resolution of conflicts in East Timor, the Sudan and other parts of the world.

… praising the leaders of both sides, and calling for peaceful co-existence …

We can easily be enticed to read reconciliation and fairness as meaning parity between justice and injustice. Having achieved our own freedom, we can fall into the trap of washing our hands of difficulties that others faces.

Even during the days of negotiations, our own experience taught us that the pursuit of human fraternity and equality - irrespective of race or religion - should stand at the centre of our peaceful endeavours. The choice is not between freedom and justice, on the one hand, and their opposite, on the other. Peace and prosperity; tranquility and security are only possible if these are enjoyed by all without discrimination.
It is in this spirit that I have come to join you today to add our own voice to the universal call for Palestinian self-determination and statehood.

We are proud … the time has come to resolve the problems of Palestine.
Indeed, all of us marvelled at the progress made a few years ago, with the adoption of the Oslo Agreements. Leaders of vision, who saw problems not merely from the point of view of their own narrow constituency, had at least found a workable approach towards friendship and peaceful co-existence in the Middle East.

… the day is not far off, when Palestinian and Jewish children will enjoy the gay abandon of children of God in a peaceful and prosperous region.
… the majority of Israelis and Palestinians are suing for peace.

We hope that, by this humble act, we are strengthening the voice of peace and friendship in Israel and Palestine; so that, as we enter the new millennium, we shall all have taken a giant stride towards a world in which our humanity will be the hallmark of our relations across colour, religious and other divides.

nelson madela is not a racist

nelson mandela has not compared israel with apartheid!

producing a propaganda film which pretends to merely ask a question but which in fact presents a one-sided answer is reprehensible, but no less reprehensible is trying to give the impression that the film has nelson mandela's support when it clearly does not

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