As an undergrad, I was at a lecture by a Jewish associate-professor in politics who bemoaned anti-semitism in academia and he asked students to come up with the reason why societies in general and universities in particular, have been so anti-semitic.
Note we’re not speaking of the State of Israel here or Zionism, both of which suffer under scrutiny but of the average Jew, especially in academia.
I’m not Jewish but WASP and from the ranks of fellow WASPs has come much anti-semitism over the years. This has always puzzled me. Sure they crucified our Lord and sure they can be a pain in the butt when they get on their high horses but basically, they’re hardworking, successful and would like to get on with life as we do.
The UK’s trade union for academics, the University and College Union, is “institutionally anti-Semitic,” a London employment tribunal heard Monday.
The claim was made on the opening day of a potentially landmark case, which partially revolves around UCU’s resolutions concerning an academic boycott of Israel.
Over 30 witnesses for the claimant include the Booker Prize winning novelist Howard Jacobson — who has submitted a witness statement but will not be cross-examined — as well as Jewish community officials and numerous academics, both Jewish and non-Jewish. The seven witnesses for the respondent are all UCU officials.
Two of the three witnesses who testified during the opening session Monday discussed UCU’s decision to allow the international relations spokesperson for the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), Bongani Masuku, to speak at a UK conference promoting boycott and divestment of Israel in December 2009.
Just two days earlier, the South African Human Rights Commission had publicized its finding that Masuku was guilty of hate speech against the Jewish community of South Africa. The statements, which were made at a student rally at the University of Witwatersrand the previous March, included threats to South African families with children in the IDF, as well as a promise to make the lives of Zionists in South Africa “hell.”
It goes on and on. Brave thing to try on in the closed Marxist world of British academia – his tenure is sure to be “reviewed”. And there’s nothing new in it. The snakepit of the Guardian has been infested with antisemites for donkey’s years:
From the cancellation of lectures by some pro-Israeli speakers, through the heckling and intimidation of others, to the despicable attacks upon Talya Lador-Fresher (Israel Deputy Ambassador to the UK) last year in Manchester and a protester outside SOAS just recently, these events indicate beyond all doubt that something is seriously amiss in the higher education system of Great Britain. Ambassador Ron Prosor apparently thinks so too.
“Speaking at a conference on British-Israeli diplomatic relations at the think-tank Chatham House, he said there had “never been so much hatred and hypocrisy towards the state of Israel in British universities.”
Just as there seems to be very little enthusiasm in those same establishments to face up to the issue of Islamist radicalization within the confines of their protected walls, or the long-since known (but recently further publicized) subject of the funding of some of those institutions by human-rights abusing regimes and dictatorships, nothing very effective appears to be being done to counter the virulently anti-Israel (and sometimes anti-Semitic) atmosphere in what are supposed to be bastions of free debate and liberal enlightenment.
And as Chuckles, who sent the top piece asked – where are the convictions? One commenter wrote:
Most nations in former Europe collaborated with the Nazis against the Jews. The Brits were the worst of the lot.
Jews were barred from entering the Holy Land even though the Brits signed a Declaration to create a homeland for the Jewish people in Palestine and to follow the resolutions of the League of Nations under the San Remo Conference and the British Mandate:
You can read it here: http://www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/intrel/britman.htm
You can also read about the White Paper of 1939 here:
Of course, if you’re Christian and you know about the tribe of Dan, along with the very pointed omission in Revelation, then it’s no surprise at all – par for the course really. We have some of the best people in this land but we also have many of the under-a-rock dwellers and you need go no further than Chatham House to find specimens of the type.