Attorney Brooke Goldstein, director of the New York-based Lawfare Project, which specialises in challenging lawsuits mounted in the West by Arab dictatorships and Islamic extremists, has been touring Britain with a comparable organisation, UK Lawyers for Israel. She has addressed attendees at a reception at the House of Commons hosted by the Henry Jackson Society, as well as students at two London University campuses.
However, the Jewish Chronicle reports that Leeds University Jewish Society has cancelled, with just a couple of days' notice, her appearance there, apparently on the grounds that she gave legal advice to Geert Wilders when he faced trial for "Islamophobia".
Ms Goldstein is quoted as saying, inter alia, that the Leeds students are
"trying to prevent me from speaking about how we defend their rights, as someone who advocates on their behalf. I think it's disgraceful, it's Orwellian...."London barrister Jonathan Turner, who heads UK Lawyers for Israel, is reported as observing that it is
"absurd to deny a platform to a speaker on the grounds that she has supported freedom of speech for Wilders and others, especially when she was not even intending to talk about Wilders. On the same basis, one would deny a platform to Alan Dershowitz, who has supported freedom of speech for the Ku Klux Klan."And that stalwart Zionist leader Jonathan Hoffman, who needs no introduction to regular readers of my blog, comments with customary vigour:
"Just as Benny Morris was cancelled by Cambridge Israel Society in Feb 2010, we witness spineless Jewish students crumbling in the face of false charges of Islamophobia. Meanwhile, in the Alice In Wonderland topsy-turvy world of British academia, Palestinian societies are free to host the most outrageous antisemitic extremists. Thus Brooke Goldstein gets labelled as an extremist while Ken O'Keefe is given legitimacy."Well said, sir!
How very very sad, how very very disturbing, that Anglo-Jewry's Trembling Israelites are raising another generation of the lily-livered.
How does that old saying go? Quem deus vult perdere, dementat prius ("Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad") ...