Anti-Israel academics: the world’s least convincing free-speech warriors

Another week, another act of political censorship at a British university. This time the victim of the insidious campus culture of clamping down on anything provocative is an anti-Israel conference that was due to take place at Southampton University next month. Designed to question the ‘legitimacy in international law of the Jewish state of Israel’ – that is, the right of Israel to exist – the conference provoked disquiet among Israel supporters. A petition slamming the conference as one-sided and prejudiced, started by the Zionist Federation, garnered 6,500 signatures. The Jewish Board of Deputies and various MPs, including communities secretary Eric Pickles, opposed the conference. And so Southampton Uni has now reportedly told the organisers that it cannot go ahead, and it did so in what is now the favoured sly lingo of every campus censor who wants to shut down allegedly shocking things – it said the conference raised ‘health and safety’ concerns. Once, things were silenced to protect our moral sensitivities; now, stuff is censored to protect our health and safety.

h/t Marvin

  • Gary

    Just another example of what I see as the Western nations allowing Muslims to commit child-abuse as part of the Bigotry of Lowered-expectations.
    We see it in Calgary , Montreal and Toronto when muslims drag kids to protests and put them on the front line as shields right in front of the women.
    The Arab Spring rally in TO had children with large posters that had human corpses with blood while the Police did squat but are very quick to arrest a Pro-Lifer with a poster of a dead foetus .
    They have poisoned the young child and opened them to being a future suicide -bomber if it means murdering jews.

    • Surele Surele

      these kids have no chance. We’ll have to wait more than a 40 year period, that would allow to raise a new generation(s). More like 400 years. If ever.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Israel should pre emptively boycott all these institutions. And impose criminal fines for violating that boycott. Bar entry of everyone who works for or attends these esteemed institutions for life. End 100% of all academic programs they share. End all sharing of staff for research and publication. And pull all intellectual property licensing. For eternity. Student leaders who put their names to this should face criminal indictments in Israel.

  • Surele Surele

    You have to help me here. I’m so confused. Holocaust did not happen, but it was not harsh enough?

    • Minicapt

      The Ay-rab ‘thinks’ in mysterious ways …