Saturday, May 31, 2008

1938 in 2008: Britain's University and College Union Call For Boycott of Israelis And Jews From Academia

This is simply to obscene - Yet another tale from the Leftofascist unholy alliance, get the Jews, eliminate their country by all means possible including what else you might think - Reading this there is no doubt left that the 21rst century Nazism is the Leftofascist Islamo Alliance and we are descending into madness.

Adding this we are approaching insanity - Read this completely absurd story from the Socialist-worker:

Nottingham student arrested over research on al-qaeda

There is growing outrage over the arrest of Nottingham university student Rizwaan Sabir and staff member Hicham Yezza.
Police arrested Rizwaan and Hicham under the Terrorism Act on 14 May.
Rizwaan is a masters student researching terrorist tactics who downloaded a copy of the Al Qaida training manual from a US government website.

Because he could not afford the printing fees, Rizwaan forwarded it to Hicham, a friend, to print on his behalf.
The university then informed the police and Rizwaan and Hicham were arrested.
The police told him that he had downloaded an illegal document that shouldn’t be used for research purposes. The government wants universities to inform on students they suspect of being “radical”.
Lecturers, students and local people have backed Rizwaan over this attack on academic freedom.
They have organised a petition demanding the university acknowledges the “disproportionate nature of [its] response to the possession of legitimate research materials”.
A demonstration was also set to take place on Wednesday of this week.
Hicham said in a statement, “The home office has no respect for human dignity and human life.
“I’m grateful to everyone who has come to my aid and stood with me in solidarity. I think this really reflects the spirit of the generous, inclusive Britain we know – and not the faceless, brutal, draconian tactics of the home office.”

The UCU lecturers’ union is set to debate the government’s assault on academic freedom at its conference in Manchester this week.

=== If you got a bad taste in the mouth, spit, and drink a Coke, one wonders how many terror manuals are now circulating in Nottingham, how can one describe this absurd madness ===

By Melanie Phillips - The Spectator.
Wednesday, 28th May 2008

Today, the Universities and Colleges Union is discussing whether universities should single out Israeli and Jewish scholars for active discrimination.

Yes, you read that correctly. The UCU is debating a motion which not only raises the spectre yet again of an academic boycott of Israel but demands of Jewish and Israeli academics that they explain their politics as a pre-condition to normal academic contact. The motion asks colleagues

to consider the moral and political implications of educational links with Israeli institutions, and to discuss the occupation with individuals and institutions concerned, including Israeli colleagues with whom they are collaborating... the testimonies will be used to promote a wide discussion by colleagues of the appropriateness of continued educational links with Israeli academic institutions... Ariel College, an explicitly colonising institution in the West Bank, be investigated under the formal Greylisting Procedure.

The implication is that, if they don’t condemn Israel for the ‘occupation’, or practising ‘apartheid’, ‘genocide’ or any of the other manufactured crimes laid at Israel’s door by the Palestinian/Islamist/neonazi/leftwing axis, they won’t be able to work. Their continued employment will depend on their holding views which are permitted. The views they are being bludgeoned into expressing as a condition of their employment are based on lies, distortion, propaganda, gross historical ignorance, blood libels and prejudice. And this in the universities, supposedly the custodians of free thought and inquiry in the service of dispassionate scholarship.

What makes it all the more appalling is that it is Israelis and Jews alone who are being singled out for this treatment. No other group is to be barred from academic activity unless they hold ‘approved’ views; no state-run educational institution controlled by any of the world’s numerous tyrannies is to be ‘grey-listed’. The UCU’s own rules state that it

actively opposes all forms of harassment, prejudice and unfair discrimination.

Well, various Jewish groups in the Stop the Boycott campaign have obtained a legal opinion from two QCs which states that today’s motion constitutes harassment, prejudice and unfair discrimination on grounds of race or nationality. It says:

If the Motion is passed it would expose Jewish members of the Union to indirect discrimination... Additionally, the Union faces potential liability for acts of harassment on grounds of race or nationality. The substance of the Motion may also involve the Union in becoming accessories to acts of discrimination in an employment context against Israeli academics...No doubt, if such Israeli academics speak in favour of the Palestinian viewpoint they will be immune from further action; if they are against it or possibly even non-committal they and their institutions are to be considered potentially unsuitable subjects for continued association...

The Union will accordingly be adopting a provision, criterion or practice which will put Jewish members at a particular disadvantage compared to non-Jewish members. That is because Jewish members are much more likely to have links with Israeli academics and institutions than non -Jewish members. To require Jewish members to act consistently with the Motion (if passed) would be to impose a professional detriment upon them as Union members which is based on their race. If they acted inconsistently with the Motion, we infer that they would also be subject to disadvantage or sanction under the Union rules or practices -- an alternative detriment. We do not see how any such detriment would be justified as pursuing a legitimate aim. No proper Union purpose is promoted by imposing this detriment on certain members. Thus the Motion will have the effect of indirectly -- and unlawfully -- against Jewish Members of the Union.

The opinion is thus unequivocal. Today’s motion breaks the law; it breaks the UCU’s own rules; it is prejudiced, discriminatory and unjust towards Israelis and Jews. But the motion also notes

legal attempts to prevent UCU debating boycott of Israeli academic institutions; and legal advice that such debates are lawful

In other words, two fingers to the Jews. Such is the disgusting and terrifying state to which Britain’s intelligentsia has now descended.

Jewish groups condemn new call for boycott of Israeli universities

By Henri Stein.
LONDON (EJP)--- British Jewish groups criticized Wednesday's vote of an academic motion to contemplate a possible boycott of Israeli universities as “shameful” and "utterly irresponsible".

Although they didn’t vote on severing links with their counterparts in Israel, they agreed at their annual conference held in Manchester to “consider the moral and political implications of education links with institutions".
In the new UCU resolution, the members noted the “the apparent complicity of most of the Israeli academics with the humanitarian catastrophe imposed on Gaza by Israel and the EU.”
The union represents over 120,000 academics
Around 30 delegates among the 250 present at the congress opposed the motion brought by Tom Hickey, a lecturer in philosophy at the University of Brighton.
A similar motion passed by the union last year prompted Jewish leaders to condemn it as an assault on academic freedom and provoked outrage around the world.
But last year, the motion for an academic boycott of Israeli universities was dealt a blow as lawyers warned the UCU that the action would be 'unlawful and discriminatory' and cannot be implemented

More: EJP.

ADL slams British union's call for academic boycott of Israel

'Cynical and perverse violation of academic freedom,' Anti-Defamation Leauge describes Britain's University and College Union's motion to allow reintroduction of boycott despite legal advice stating it would be in breach of British anti-discrimination laws

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) denounced the vote, calling it a “cynical and perverse violation of academic freedom and anti-discrimination principles."

ADL National Director Abraham Foxman issued a statement saying: "Four years after the first such academic boycott resolution, it is clear the UCU’s anti-Israel activists remain as determined as ever to demonize everything and everyone Israeli, while shunning constructive measures to promote Israeli-Palestinian academic partnerships."

If UCU were to implement the motion, it would encourage its 160,000 members to consider cutting off links with Israeli academic institutions - most of these links are with individual Israeli academics such as research partnerships, peer review of papers, or academic conferences.

More: Ynet News

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