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(From Proclamation of the State of Israel, 5 Iyar 5708; 14 May 1948)

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Friday, 13 February 2015

"We Are Gravely Concerned About This Unbalanced, Delegitimising Conference": British Law School To Hold Israel-Bashing Event in April

Anti-Israel protest, Southampton, 2014; photo Daily Echo
As reported by the London Jewish News, a newspaper with a commendable habit of stealing a march on the long-established "organ of Anglo-Jewry" the Jewish Chronicle (which as we saw could not be bothered to report the 9/11 link that downed Stephen Sizer, even though they were tipped off about it by yours truly shortly after it appeared on 20 January), an Israel-bashing conference is due to take place from 17-19 April, organised by the Law School at the University of Southampton.

The conference is entitled "International Law and the State of Israel: Legitimacy, Responsibility and Exceptionalism".

A look at the Law School's website here reveals that the organising committee of the conference includes Professor Oren Ben-Dor (an ex-pat Israeli who has a history of Israel-bashing pro-BDS activity), Professor Professor Suleiman Sharkh (whose speciality is evidently not law but electrical engineering), and Ms. Juman Asmail (a Palestinian student activist).  American Professor George Bisharat is also seminally involved.

Announces the website:
'This conference will be the first of its kind and constitutes a ground-breaking historical event on the road towards justice and enduring peace in historic Palestine. It is unique because it concerns the legitimacy in International Law of the Jewish state of Israel. Rather than focusing on Israeli actions in the 1967 Occupied Territories, the conference will focus on exploring themes of Legitimacy, Responsibility and Exceptionalism; all of which are posed by Israel’s very nature.
The conference aims to explore the relatedness of the suffering and injustice in Palestine to the foundation and protection of a state of such nature and asks what role International Law should play in the situation. It will take place over a whole weekend and will involve leading thinkers: scholars from law, politics, philosophy, theology, anthropology, cultural studies history and other connected disciplines
 Key speakers and various panels will diagnose the legal position with regard to the nature of Israel thus enabling a much needed platform for scholarly debate and disagreement.'
 The Jewish News reports, inter alia:
 'Tory peer Lord Leigh said: “It is very disappointing that a distinguished university like Southampton has organised this conference. They have never held a conference questioning the right of existence of any other country.”....
Despite opposition from Jewish community leaders – several of whom have lodged protests with the university’s vice-chancellor – organisers have pressed ahead with the convention on 17-19 April, saying they hope it will “serve as a platform for scholarly debates rather than positing an activist aim”.
 Jewish Leadership Council chief executive Simon Johnson ...said: “We are gravely concerned about this unbalanced, delegitimising conference, which will have a detrimental impact on cohesiveness. We have asked the vice-chancellor to reconsider.”
He added: “It’s a fine line between academic freedom, which we all cherish, and delegitimisation and discrimination. This conference seems to hover around that line.”'  [Emphasis added]

6 comments:

  1. You DO realize that the UK will institute laws like the Nuremberg race laws against Jews soon, don't you? Oh first they will expel all Israelis from the country, then all 'Zionists' but the real event will be when they strip Jews of their civil rights. That's no longer even a seriously argued point any more. Whereas France and Belgium and Norway prefer their ethnic cleansing with street violence and murder, the effete elite of Britain prefer to use 'laws'. Figure the first to move will be the universities, then the civil service. But for the 180,000 Jews left in the UK, figure about half of them will be gone in 5-6 years.

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    1. You speak patent nonsense. The antisemitism in Britain is not 'top down' from the government but wells up below not only from the far Right but now joined by the far Left and Islamists. The current UK government and Prime MInister are very supportive of the Jewish community of 280,000 (not 180,000) but visceral prejudice cannot be legislated away. I know this because I'm a British Jew now living in Israel.

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    2. I have to agree with Kibbitzer, Trudy. You're a tad or three over the top again!

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  2. Ben White exults:
    https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/blogs/politics/17004-uk-university-rebuffs-call-by-israel-lobby-to-cancel-conference

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  3. As a British Jew, I am horrified that a university can hold a racist hatefest like this, with the government turning a blind eye to it. I suspect, though, that for most Britons this is just not interesting.

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    1. Indeed, Robert. Thanks for your comment.

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