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PostSubject: Re: Freedom of Speech under Threat in UK Universities   Wed Apr 22, 2015 7:44 am

Re: Palestine Chronicle 4/21/15
Freedom of Speech under Threat in UK Universities

The cancellation of Southampton University’s conference on Israel and the law, despite a last-ditch legal battle by the organizers, has sparked widespread condemnation. Entitled “International Law and the State of Israel: Legitimacy, Responsibility and Exceptionalism”, the conference had gathered distinguished legal experts and historians from Britain, Israel, Palestine, Ireland, Australia, Singapore, the US and Canada.

The Wrath of the Lobby

Vice Chancellor Don Nutbeam was happy for the university’s School of Law to host such a prestigious event – until the wrath of the pro-Israel lobby was unleashed. He received an orchestrated petition with about 7,000 signatories, messages from local MPs Caroline Noakes and Mark Hoban, delegations from the influential Board of Deputies of British Jews and the Zionist Federation, and threats from donors to the university. Government Chief Whip Michael Gove, responsible for trying to sabotage a Palestinian arts festival when he was minister for education in 2011, called it “an anti-Israel hate-fest”.

President of the Board of Deputies, Vivian Wineman, described the eminent participants as “toxic speakers” and claimed the event would be “likely to result in an increase in anti-Semitism”. The specter of terrorist attacks on the university, Charlie Hebdo-style, was raised. The hysterical rhetoric peaked with the Simon Wiesenthal Center in the US claiming the subject matter of the conference implied “a genocidal intent”.

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As far as genocide goes these days, Zionists really have the upper hand.

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