Hoffman takes on the bigots

November 24, 2016 22:53

In the battle to put Israel's case and to fight against bigotry, there are few more committed people than Jonathan Hoffman, Vice President of the Zionist Federation.

He can sometimes be a bit too committed for some, but no one can deny his energy, efforts and fearlessness.

His post here at Harry's Place on the UCU's boycott campaign is a must read - and this video of a Q&A session in which he asked a question, is a must watch (from 4'50'').

As Jonathan writes:

At 4:50 I ask why UCU had invited a speaker (Bongani Masuku of COSATU) who had been found guilty of hate speech by the South African Human Rights Commission. I read out the last paragraph of the HRC finding.

The comments and statements made are of an extreme nature that advocate and imply that the Jewish and Israeli community are to be despised, scorned, ridiculed and thus subjecting them to ill-treatment on the basis of their religious affiliation. A prima facie case of hate speech is clearly established as the statements and comments by Mr. Masuku are offensive and unpalatable to society.


In light of the above, the Commission hereby finds that the statements made by Mr. Bongani Masuku amounts to hate speech.

I was shouted down but managed to ask the question. When I had finished asking the question Hickey said that no-one should answer my question – not in the lecture theatre and not on the Panel. It is all in the video on YouTube.

There are not many people who would be brave enough to be in a minority of one in such a bear pit.



November 24, 2016 22:53

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