Saturday, February 10, 2018

Antisemitism is denied at the University of Warwick, it’s a Jewish plot to silence criticism - by David Collier

Every single element of the process, whether it is ‘free speech on Israel’, ‘Jewish Voice for Labour’ or viscous university events such as this, have all gone out of their way to deny the problem of antisemitism and thus to allow it to flourish. Jewish students are left sitting in a room and having their accusations of racism publicly demonised and ridiculed. Free speech? No, it has a cost and Warwick really have to get a grip on this. Calling on Jews in the 21st century to convert or else be demonised is no way to run an academic establishment.

David Collier..
Across the Great Divide..
09 February '18..

Three days ago, on 6th Feb, the University of Warwick held another anti-Israel meeting. The third such event in a month. Rather than directly discuss Israel, they wanted to focus on antisemitism. Or as it turned out to focus on how there isn’t really much of it about. Antisemitism is apparently rare these days, and the only reason it is in the news, is because Jews are a mix of devious, stupid and heartless people. Jews make up charges of anti-Jewish racism, and are then mobilised by western governments to suppress freedoms, so that land-grabbing Jews elsewhere can carry on killing children without criticism. No it isn’t a quote, but it is the inherent logic of the evening.

The event was titled ‘Palestinian rights, Prevent’ and the Misuse of antisemitism‘. This follows the argument that rather than being used to shed light on unacceptable hatred and defend victims of anti-Jewish racism, an accusation of antisemitism is a weapon at war, designed to silence all criticism of Israel.

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1 comment:

  1. This is shocking and completely unacceptable. The following week,Israeli Ambassador to the UK, Mark Regev, was at Warwick to address a meeting organised by jointly by the International Relations and Jewish/Israel Society. Despite efforts to have the meeting cancelled it went ahead, although no Vice Chancellor or senior member of his office were available to meet him as one would have anticipated should be the case if an Ambassador of any country were visiting a university. Outside the Oculus Building where the meeting took place, there was a small group of protestors- mainly older people- who handed out leaflets saying why Regev was not welcome to be on campus. However a full lecture theatre heard the Ambassador interviewed and then answer questions, some of which were contentious. He responded to everything asked in a very analytical and matter of fact manner- and despite there being some people who came prepared to argue with him, he handled the whole event in a fair manner. From what I saw and heard, he was respectfully received and his visit was much appreciated by the majority of those present. The Warwick students who organised this meeting should feel proud of what they achieved in the light of the hostility displayed towards putting forward Israel's point of view. I felt proud to have been there- Ruth Jacobs, Chair WMFI