An imperviousness to G-d’s intervention in history plagues our generation. A series of wondrous events has, and continues to take place before us. Yet blind eyes fail to see the hand of God, and deaf ears fail to hear the Divine call guiding history. http://ravkooktorah.org/YOM_ATZMAUT_66.htm
Does anyone seriously think that the coincidence of ‘Israel Apartheid Week’ in the UK with a snap of Arctic weather and transport disruption was pure chance? And no, we do not control the weather …
‘Israel Apartheid Week’ is an antisemitic outrage. There is no ‘apartheid’ in Israel. In April 2000 Nelson Mandela came to London and spoke to the Board of Deputies of British Jews. He spoke of the need for Israel to leave the lands taken in 1967 but not unless there was first recognition of the Jewish State by the Arab States: “I added a second position, that Israel cannot be expected to withdraw from the Arab territories which she legitimately conquered when the Arab States wanted to whip her out of the map of the world.” No mention of ‘apartheid’ in Israel – from a man who spent 27 years as a prisoner of the loathsome apartheid regime in South Africa.
In 2017 it was noticeable that ‘Israel Apartheid Week’ events became much harder to organise, thanks to tougher scheduling demands by Vice Chancellors and to the government’s adoption of the IHRA Definition of antisemitism. This year the number of events has plummeted further still. Only 11 UK universities staged events, versus ‘more than 30’ last year. However 11 is still 11 too many. Moreover the organisers have started to ban non-students attending – even at events advertised as ‘open to all’ – while allowing *selected* non-students to attend. To hold Israel hatefests in secret at publicly funded universities is completely unacceptable.
I attended the final SOAS Apartheid Week event on 2 March. The title of the SOAS event was ‘Law and Colonialism in Palestine’. There were two speakers: Dr Mazen Masri (Senior Lecturer in law at City University) and Dr Nimer Sultany (Senior Lecturer in Public Law at SOAS). Around 60 students were in the room. It was a depressing presentation by two HICs (‘Hate Israel Clones’). HICspeak ran free: ‘settler colonial’, ‘apartheid’, ‘ethnic cleansing’………….
Masri spoke first. He said that “there has been a trend which has increased over the past decade for incitement and racism on the part of the state but also on the part of individuals, organisations which … basically part of their mandate is to promote racism or to promote the expulsion or … giving Palestinians incentives to leave… Israel is constitutionally defined as a Jewish State.”
The fact is that Israel’s Declaration of Independence protects the right of non-Jews:
The State of Israel will be open for Jewish immigration and for the Ingathering of the Exiles; it will foster the development of the country for the benefit of all its inhabitants; it will be based on freedom, justice and peace as envisaged by the prophets of Israel; it will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex; it will guarantee freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture; it will safeguard the Holy Places of all religions; and it will be faithful to the principles of the Charter of the United Nations.
The idea that there is an officially sponsored or inspired programme to expel non-Jews from Israel is laughable.
Then Sultany spoke. He spoke about the ‘role of law’ in the ‘occupation’. He mentioned checkpoints, home demolitions and extra-judicial execution. Without of course mentioning why the checkpoints are necessary (to save life); how it is wrong to demolish homes built without planning permission; and how extra-judicial killing is wrong when done in order to save life. He went on to describe the expulsion to Lebanon of over 400 Palestinians from Gaza and Judea/Samaria in 1992 – without of course telling the audience that they were terrorist suspects and that – preceding the expulsions – four Israeli soldiers and a border policemen were murdered by terrorists.
And so on …. Falsehoods and libels from academia’s HICs……