Antisemitism

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.

So why the prejudice?

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:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Paper_of_1939

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.

4 Responses to “Antisemitism”

  1. Amfortas November 1, 2012 at 06:52 Permalink

    Perhaps we should put the expensively educated, University-agitpropped hate-speaking bigoted anti-semites in a large hall with the expensively educated, University-agitpropped hate-speaking bigoted misandric feminists, and lock the doors. The affirmative actionite ‘ayes’ would have it I think.

  2. james wilson November 1, 2012 at 17:28 Permalink

    Since Karl Marx, no people have done more to undermine classical liberalism than Jews. Ironically, they have been largely displaced by the seed which they planted, which is among other things anti-Semetic. This does not bother them as much as you may think it should. The Jewish Bolsheviks accepted their own extermination by Stalin philosophically, because the revolution must go on.

    Axlerod, Emanuel, Alinsky, Annenberg….floated their messiah down a river in Hawaii, gave him a birth certificate from Conneticutt, educated him in the dialectic, greased his skids at every level, and wrote his teleprompter. The manipulation and control of people must be more satisfying than sex. It certainly has longer staying power.

  3. dearieme November 1, 2012 at 20:01 Permalink

    “Most nations in former Europe collaborated with the Nazis against the Jews. The Brits were the worst of the lot”: twaddle – indeed arguably racist twaddle.

    (As one should expect, I suppose, from someone who writes “former Europe”. Eh?)

    “Jews were barred from entering the Holy Land”: and yet the number of permits for Jews to settle in Palestine in the the thirties were never fully taken up, nor were the visas granted for entry to Britain. So, the facts would seem to be quite the opposite of the claims.

  4. James Higham November 1, 2012 at 20:08 Permalink

    Interesting. I’m learning more this side of 50 than I think I did in the previous 50.

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