Monday, March 26, 2007

Free speech, Islamic anti-Semitism and Israel in British universities

Isabel Oakeshott:

MEASURES to tackle antisemitism in British universities will be unveiled this week amid concern about rising discrimination.

The government will warn vice-chancellors they must not ignore antiJewish activity on campuses and must prevent prejudiced lecturers, guest speakers and extremist political organisations stirring up hatred against Israel.

A recent Commons report highlighted attacks on undergraduates, a lack of respect by lecturers and tutors for the needs of observant Jewish students and a growing tolerance of extreme language against Israel during student debates on the Middle East.

There is particular concern about so-called “Islamic” antisemitism, with radical Muslim clerics, or their followers, being allowed to preach antiJewish hatred in universities.

Phil Woolas, the communities minister, labelled the findings of the all-party parliamentary report on antisemitism “very worrying” and warned that the government was ready to take radical action.

Woolas said: “Our response will be far tougher than anticipated. We are very worried about Islamic antisemitism on campuses. In this country we tend to see it as something of the past. It is not.”

Although the government will not announce legislation this week Woolas said it had not been ruled out.

Detailed measures to tackle antisemitism were agreed last week after a meeting with the prime minister. Police forces must now keep records of antisemitic attacks, the Foreign Office will be required to raise the issue with Arab countries such as Egypt and Jordan, which produce some of the most extreme antisemitic material, and a taskforce will be set up to combat antisemitism.

Guidelines for universities are expected to say that campus authorities should record all complaints of antisemitism made by students, including statements or speeches. University vice-chancellors are also expected to be warned not to tolerate academics whose critical views of Israel “cross the line” from personal interest or activism to abuse of power.

The government is also expected to criticise the boycotting of contact with academics working in Israel by some university departments and say lecturers who oppose boycotts must be supported.

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4 Comments:

At 2:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why isn't holocaust denauil part of free speech then?

Why the blatent double standard?

Why allow one and not the other? Why is because you just want to stir up hatred with your pathetic website.

It appears the Jewish and Christian world under the guise of free speech can say what they want but if anyone says anythign about that then there is no free speech but laws to stop it.

Utter hypocracy.

Why didn't the Danish Newspaper publish cartoons about the holocaust and why was the editor in charge of that Department sent on leave when he weanted to. Why becuase there was no freedom of speech.

Stop whining - freedom of speech also comes with responsibility to act in fair way.

If there is anti-semitism in the Muslim world it has been exported from Europe so clean up your own house first.

 
At 2:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey this website wouldn't know the meaning of fairness and just reporting if it came and hit it on the head. They are only here to stir people up to their point of view.

At a time when many Rabbi's are urging greater dialogue with the Muslim world and community as they feel they have more in common than with any other faith, rather pathetic articles like this are designed to whip up xenophobia.

The neo-cons would be so proud of what is going on here. Next they'll want McCarthy style hearings.

A pathetic sham.

 
At 3:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"At a time when many Rabbi's are urging greater dialogue with the Muslim world and community as they feel they have more in common than with any other faith..."

They are wasting their fucking time. Muslims would as soon cut their throats as look at them. This website desn't need to whip any xenophobia, muslims do that just fine without any help. Try reading some other articles on this site, it is full of muslim honor killings, muslims bombings, muslims shootings, muslim atrocities against not only Jews, but Buddhists, Christians, animists, those poor bastards in Darfur women, children and just about anybody else islamic assholes can get within shooting or grenade throwing distance of. Failing that thre is always beheadings for Allah.

 
At 2:00 PM, Anonymous Leo said...

If there is anti-semitism in the Muslim world it has been exported from Europe so clean up your own house first.

Ah yes. Everything bad in the world comes from Europe. I guess it was Europeans who taught the Muslims about slavery and honor killings.

 

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