Monday, November 28, 2005


From Engage.

To promote his new book "Beyond Chutzpah," Norman Finkelstein will be speaking to the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies' (SOAS) Palestine Society later this evening. Now I wonder what would attract a second-rate academic whose previous works have included "The Holocaust Industry" to SOAS?

Was he impressed that they tried to ban Israeli diplomat Roey Gilad from speaking to their Jewish Society, or by their college rag publishing an article legitimising Israeli citizens as terrorist targets? Maybe it was because they hosted an anti-Israel hate-fest entitled "Resisting Israeli Apartheid?" Or perhaps he heard that Red Ken was flavour of the month there and had been elected as the first-ever honorary Union President having just compared a Jewish reporter to a Nazi concentration camp guard and accused Israel of ethnic cleansing? (The fact that Ken was chosen over Nelson Mandela speaks volumes.)

I'm sure Finkelstein will fit in nicely.


Poor old Gavin Gross. I've just seen he's up for UK Islamophobe of the Year, for daring to stand up for Israel at SOAS. Now the reasons the Islamic Human Rights Commission website give for proposing him are:
For the vilification of Muslims in SOAS and tarnishing the name of the School.
We wouldn't want the name of SOAS tarnished by being associated in any way with Israel now would we? I wonder how many students at SOAS share these views?


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