On 29 Nov, I spent 90 very-long minutes watching an anti-Zionist event at Cambridge. The event was advertised by the Cambridge Faculty of History. The title was ‘Jewish Solidarity with Palestinians: Antizionism, Activism and Liberation for All’.
In the middle of an awful episode in Jewish history – academics at Cambridge decided to bring together some of the fringe Jews that stand with antisemitic haters – so as to provide an orgy of lies, misinformation, and raw anti-Israel hatred.
Our Host – Dr Hana Morgenstern
Toxic events such as this only make it into the university space because of sympathetic faculty members. In this case it was Dr Hana Morgenstern. She is an Associate Professor in Postcolonial and Middle Eastern Literature at Cambridge. She was the only one at the event who didn’t actually speak, but her presence as the facilitator was her gift to the anti-Zionist world. Without her, there is no platform for this event.
I have previously discussed this issue of academic clones, with some campus spaces becoming conveyor belts for a series of anti-Zionist academics. Morgenstern achieved her PhD at Brown, and the acknowledgements section in her thesis is full of gushing praise for anti-Zionist academics such as Professor Ariella Azoulay. She was radicalised in the academic space and now she seeks to radicalise others. Morgenstern is a product of the demise of western academia.
Morgenstern recently signed a letter ‘from within the location of British imperial complicity, that opposed ‘Israeli settler colonial dispossession, ethnic cleansing, military occupation and apartheid’. The letter – signed by lots of brain-dead students and academics, even includes a reference to the bombing of al-Ahli al-Arabi Hospital, which as we all know – was caused by an Islamic Jihad rocket. Still, modern academia has little need for things such as facts anymore, and I am sure that the University of Cambridge is immensely proud that their academics are busy signing such nonsense.
Bottom line – if I was a Jewish student who needed Morgenstern’s academic approval to succeed – I would be both intimidated and scared. Such is the life of Jewish students these days. As it is, she helped put together an event that for an evening at least, turned Cambridge into a sewer of anti-Jewish hatred.
Speaker One – Emily Hilton
EmilyHilton spoke first – and with a ten-minute time slot, overran by about ten minutes. It is a thing with these people. Failing to realise most of their audience are excitable Jew haters who can never get enough, they begin to actually believe they have something important to say. The result? In a closed academic space Hilton drones on about absolutely nothing for far longer than anyone wanted her to.
This has always been my key argument against the far-left groups such as Yachad. The problem is not in the theory. I am sure – wrong as she is – that Hannah Weisfeld’s (founder of Yachad) personal political ideology was built upon seemingly rational ground. The problem is that they take this naive nonsense and pass it on to children without providing those kids with the Zionist backbone needed to absorb and contextualise relentless criticism of Israel. We end up with those like Emily Hilton – an anti-Zionist who proudly stands at demonstrations organised by the Muslim Association of Britain. In this image she is surrounded by Jewish Voice for Labour and 10,000s people singing from the river to the sea. This is where the stars of Yachad end up.
Do not underestimate how dangerous Na’amod has become. They are currently recruiting amongst Jewish children throughout the country. Just a few days ago on X they had a friendly exchange with the Muslim Association of Britain.
The MAB are led by Anas Altikriti and Obada Sawalha. Altikriti is the founder of the Cordoba Foundation – described as a front for the Muslim Brotherhood. Obada Sawalha is the eldest son of Muhammad Kathem Sawalha – an ex Hamas chief and long term ally of Altikriti.
These are the people Na’amod now hang out with. And Cambridge University is helping to provide Na’amod with a platform.
Speaker Two – Julia Bard
The list of speakers could have been pulled from an event five years ago. Anti-Zionist Jewry is a fringe and we see the same faces over and over again. A tiny group of people who have no influence beyond their use to antisemites. The second speaker, Julia Bard (Jewish Socialists’ Group) is a perfect example of this.
Bard’s talk was almost all about the Bundists – a left wing Jewish ideology that arose around the same time as Zionism. She tells everyone that Zionism wasn’t always the majority view – and there was once a large group of Jews – who believed that they could live wherever they were in peace. The largest of these groups were in Poland. Needless to say that they almost all died in the Holocaust. Except Bard leaves that part out of her speech.
Bard has been pushing the same empty sales routine for decades. But Bundism died in the furnaces of Auschwitz and the weakness in her argument is too easily spotted.
Speaker Three – Haim Bresheeth
In truth, Bresheeth is the reason I put aside time during the war with Hamas to write this article. He is by far the most toxic member of the event. Bresheeth has even spoken at the Al Quds day event – the Ayatollah’s flagship day of hate.
Bresheeths’ history is long. He help found a group called Jewish Network for Palestine (JNP). His main coordinator David Cannon, is a rabid conspiracy theorist and antisemite.
The last time Bresheeth founded an anti-Zionist ‘Jewish’ group -he platformed Lenni Brenner at the inaugural event. Brenner and his Nazi – Zionist theory are behind the antisemitic bunkum Ken Livingstone felt compelled to air.
His new group JNP was set up with several non-Jews such as Elleanne Green (founder of the toxic Palestine Live Facebook group) in the steering committee. In its opening meeting it was taking directives from the Islamic Human Rights Commission – the group behind the Iranian backed Al Quds marches in the UK.
This relationship between the IHRC and Bresheeth is important. In 2022 a new group ‘Convivencia‘ was founded. It presents itself as an interfaith group. There are three forces behind it – Haim Bresheeth (Jewish Network for Palestine), Mr. Massoud Shadjareh (Islamic Human Rights Commission, and Revd. Dr. Stephen Sizer (Peacemaker Trust).
- A pretend Jewish group run by an antisemite
- An Iranian backed Islamist group
- Stephen Sizer – disgraced ex vicar banned from the Church for his conspiracy theories and antisemitism
And Bresheeth plugged this movement during his talk at Cambridge.
Which means that a group Stephen Sizer founded was plugged at this Cambridge University event. How on earth was this ever allowed to happen?
Speaker Four – Barnaby Raine
Barnaby Raine reminds me of Ben White in that he speaks quickly and wraps lots of intellectual sounding gobbledegook into his talks. But when you dissect what is actually being said there is little actual substance and a lot of false logical positions.
Raine cherry-picks and like most anti-Zionists he relies on flattening history – using examples out of time and place. Anti-Zionism in 1924 is not the same as anti-Zionism in 1949 – just as Zionist thought in 1895 and Zionist thought in 1955 are arguing against different realities.
Raine’s speech on the night was built around antisemitism *only* really existing in the form which suits him (the racialised antisemitism of the Nazis). In this manner he can conveniently solve it by simply fighting the far-right. This attitude just weaponises antisemitism for his own political purpose and does little to help actually defend Jews from those that seek them harm.
To create a post Holocaust anti-Zionist argument, Raine butchers history. In his twisted world his logic results in him describing the crowds of Islamists calling for Jihad as todays ‘semites’ (the downtrodden) which means those that oppose them (us) become the new Nazis.
He ends by calling on Israelis to cease to be Israelis (an end to Israel) and just becoming citizens of a cosmopolitan society. The totally delusional nonsense of the hard-left.
And then thankfully it was over.
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