Dear Gavin Re: Withdrawal of University of Southampton from the Anti-Israel Conference, 17-19 April 2015 I have not received any reply to you so write further drawing your attention to my correspondence with Ben Dor and the extensive research and writing of David Collier in addition to my own open letter and article unpacking the negative discursive position. The analysis revealed how Israel had been … Continue reading Withdrawal of Planned Anti-Semitic Anti-Zionist Hatefest at University of Southampton
So much talk, so many arguments. Unsurprisingly, many of the people who favour boycotting Israeli academics, shouting down anyone speaking in favour of Israel, taking kosher products of shop shelves and verbally abusing Jews in the street are all suddenly worried about the importance of freedoms. The word ‘hypocritical’ comes to mind. But this is not about the freedom to criticise the only nation in … Continue reading University of Southampton – say no to anti-Semitism
“I believe that universities should make clear that their names cannot be invoked as the purported sponsor for conferences or dialogues in which the primary thrust is demonization of Israel.” Lawrence H. Summers, Columbia Center for Law and Liberty, January 29, 2015 We have already exposed enough information to be able to state clearly and loudly that the anti-Israeli conference at the University of … Continue reading Southampton U – If Dr James Parkes could see you now
This University of Southampton conference against Israel is anti-Semitic. It is difficult to define anti-Semitism, and frankly, just because someone is ranting against someone Jewish or using animated language to describe Israel it doesn’t make them an anti-Semite. As a moderate I tend to hurl abuse many ways, and there are millions of Israelis walking around cursing their government or the opposition and hardly any … Continue reading Anti Semitic conference – no doubt about it.
The problem is that most people simply do not understand how the discursive position of the debate not only sets up Israel to fail, but also compounds the inaccurate and therefore unjust worldview that the Jewish state is a rogue and oppressive one. The very reason I felt compelled to conduct the analysis. The response I received from Ben Dor has entirely failed to refer … Continue reading Pre-trial Review of the Southampton Conference
I am neither an activist nor an extremist. I am simply a concerned father whose child is doing terror drills rather than fire drills at school. I used to walk into school alone, he goes to school behind special security systems; what message does this give to him about his environment? I have been against the vicious and spiteful anti-Jewish conference at Southampton since I … Continue reading Statement on the list of academics supporting S’ton U
THERE IS A STATEMENT ABOUT THIS LIST YOU SHOULD READ FIRST BY CLICKING THIS LINK This is an updated list of those academics that signed a statement in support of the University of Southampton anti-Semitic conference in the name of ‘free speech’. The number at this point is 370. This is without doubt one of the most depressing tasks I have ever undertaken. As I … Continue reading Anti-Semites and useful idiots unite in support of Southampton U
THE BIG CON (ference) The organisers have issued a statement on the conference (17/03 – see image – webshot 17/03) included is this part:- “The conference organizers accept that the granting of permission for this event does not imply support or endorsement by the University of any of the opinions to be expressed at the conference.” Which I suppose indicates the University are at least … Continue reading Ben Dor / Uni of Southampton, who are you trying to kid?
Dear Oren Ben-Dor Re: “International Law and the State of Israel: Legitimacy, Responsibility and Exceptionalism, University of Southampton 17-19 July 2015” “This conference aims to expose 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…thus enabling a much need platform for scholarly debate … Continue reading Open letter to Oren Ben Dor, University of Southampton
To the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. I am a British born Jew. In 1936 as anti-Semitism released all its venom in Europe, my grandfather was at Cable St, when in the name of freedom of speech and expression, the police tried to disperse the demonstrators against Mosley’s ‘Black-shirts’ to allow the fascists to march. With hindsight, I think we both know … Continue reading An open letter to Eric Pickles
THERE IS A STATEMENT ABOUT THIS LIST YOU SHOULD READ FIRST BY CLICKING THIS LINK You could not write this script. A statement in support of Southampton, signed by academics in the name of ‘free speech’. They claim “to the best of our knowledge, the conference invitations in this case are based on qualification to speak on the topic rather than on political positions held.” … Continue reading The list of ‘indignant’ academics – A list of BDS activists
First off, let’s dispose of the freedom of speech defence. On August 27 2014, Professor Mark Auslender, from Ben-Gurion University Israel, was scheduled to speak at the Mountbatten Building, Highfield Campus at the University of Southampton. It appears that due to quickly organised and small opposition, the talk was cancelled. The reason it was cancelled – he was Israeli, and some people felt this was … Continue reading Open letter 2 -University of Southampton, hypocrisy, anti-Semitism and free speech
I write in connection to the upcoming conference under the auspices of the Southampton Law School titled “International Law and the State of Israel: Legitimacy, Responsibility and Exceptionalism” to be held over the weekend of 17-19th April. I have no doubt given the subject matter you have received ample communication on the subject. Indeed, I am sure you were warned in advance by those that … Continue reading An open letter to the University of Southampton