The Southampton betrayal: UK academics against Israel

The appalling anti-Israel conference to be held at Southampton University is an indication of how far bigotry and hatred has spread in Britain. Academic standards, truth itself, and justice will be turned upside down unless this disgrace is countered

Our age” wrote Julien Benda in 1927 in La Trahison des clercs, “is indeed the age of the intellectual organization of political hatreds.” The newest example of this organized hatred is the Conference to be held in the UK between April 17 and 19 under the auspices of the Southampton Law School.

The given title is “International Law and the State of Israel: Legitimacy, Responsibility, and Exceptionalism.”

The title betrays the underlying animosity behind the conference: the existence of Israel, now in its 66th year, is something to be discussed and, for many of the participants, ended.