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SOAS Snowflakes cannot stomach the idea of an Israeli ambassador on campus

Post by Thorin on Tue Apr 25, 2017 11:44 am

This entire article at The Guardian is amazing, not least because it is written as if the opinions expressed are perfectly normal for a university that specializes in teaching about the Middle East.

Students and academics at Soas University of London have said a visit by the Israeli ambassador Mark Regev this week could lead to serious tension and substantial distress on the campus.

Regev has been invited by two student societies to speak about the Middle East and prospects for peace on Thursday, but his visit has been criticised as provocative by other staff and students who are planning a protest.

More than 150 academics from Soas and other UK universities, plus 40 student societies at the university, have written to the Soas director Valerie Amos urging her to intervene to stop the meeting on Thursday at which Regev is due to speak.

A letter signed by more than 100 Soas staff says: “We fear that if this provocative event proceeds as planned, it will cause substantial distress and harm to many of our students and staff who are, have been or will be affected by the actions of what a recent UN report refers to as the Israeli ‘apartheid regime’.

“The event could further cause serious tension on campus and result in a charged atmosphere that will be detrimental to the wellbeing of all faculty, staff and students.”

This is not a spoof. This is not satire. This is seriously what supposed academics are claiming will be the outcome of an Israeli representative speaking on campus, a single Zionist speech among the hundreds of anti-Zionist talks, activities, lectures  and boycotts that infest SOAS every year.
The students’ union challenged the university authorities over the staging of the event, raising concerns about possible safety and security risks posed by the ambassador’s visit and “the inability of students and staff – in particular Palestinian students – to participate openly in the debate, because of possible repercussions on their ability to enter Israel/Palestine”.

Apparently Israel is completely unaware of the anti-Israel activities they do the other 364 days of the year, but they will have Mossad operatives taking names on the day of the Regev speech just looking for excuses to ban Palestinians from coming home.

Prof Jonathan Rosenhead, one of the organisers of the academics’ protest letter to Lady Amos, said: “Holding this meeting at Soas, where staff and students have voted overwhelmingly in support of boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel, and in support of Palestinian rights, seems like a deliberate provocation.

Calling for the destruction of Israel isn't a provocation. Holding a speech defending it is.
A statement posted on Facebook by the Soas students’ union said: “We stand with the Soas community in expressing our concern at Mark Regev’s presence on campus, and in rejecting the idea that our spaces of learning should serve as avenues for officials to put forward state propaganda.”

But perhaps the most outrageous comment about this speech came from Yair Wallach, the chair of the Centre for Jewish Studies at SOAS, who said “We see little value in the talk itself. This is the view of myself and other colleagues at the Centre for Jewish Studies. Therefore we suggest that the JSoc and the SOAS UN society reconsider the event.”

That is how thoroughly anti-Israel SOAS is. Even its "Jewish studies" leaders are against the idea of even hearing an Israeli representative speak.

Snowflakes.

Here is a list of speeches, available on podcast, hosted by the SOAS Student Union over the past couple of years that are considered to have more value than a speech by a representative of Israel. "Twerking as an act of resistance" sounds like it is hugely valuable.


The last time a representative from Israel visited SOAS in 2005, someone pulled a fire alarm at the outset of the speech, delaying it for an hour.


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Re: SOAS Snowflakes cannot stomach the idea of an Israeli ambassador on campus

Post by veya_victaous on Wed Apr 26, 2017 4:20 am

fair enough
You got to draw a line somewhere
and this is apparently the point where fee speech becomes promoting a terrorist organization.

You don't get to FORCE you opinion on others, YOU hare that remember.
So you don't get to force them to allow this hate preacher

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Re: SOAS Snowflakes cannot stomach the idea of an Israeli ambassador on campus

Post by Thorin on Wed Apr 26, 2017 4:26 am

veya_victaous wrote:fair enough
You got to draw a line somewhere
and this is apparently the point where fee speech becomes promoting a terrorist organization.

You don't get to FORCE you opinion on others, YOU hare that remember.
So you don't get to force them to allow this hate preacher

Really?

Since when did the British Government class Israel as a terrorist organisation?

He was invited to speak, so that is not forcing anything on anyone, they don;t have to attend.

Trust you to promote bullshit hate.

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Post by Thorin on Wed Apr 26, 2017 4:30 am


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Re: SOAS Snowflakes cannot stomach the idea of an Israeli ambassador on campus

Post by Thorin on Sat Apr 29, 2017 10:18 am

Some 400 demonstrators came out to protest Israeli Ambassador to the UK Mark Regev’s appearance at a prominent London university on Thursday, with one protester recorded saying that the Jews murdered in the Holocaust were “cowards.”

According to footage posted on social media, the demonstrators filled the campus of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), waving Palestinian flags, blaring music and chanting the popular call for the destruction of the Jewish state, “From the River to the Sea, Palestine Will Be Free.”

There were about 100 pro-Israel counter-demonstrators, according to eyewitnesses, some of whom attempted to converse with the other side, but reported being shoved and having abuses lobbed at them in response. According to eyewitness accounts, Israeli flags were ripped out of the hands of individuals in the Zionist camp and smeared with fake blood.

The pro-Israel demonstrators also sang and chanted slogans.
Tamir Oren — the director of public affairs for StandWithUs UK — told The Algemeiner that Hezbollah flags and hats were seen around the quad, which was also papered with fliers from a group called “SOAS United Against Apartheid.”


“The ambassador came to SOAS to answer the most difficult questions about Israel, and so he did,” said Oren, adding that the Q&A session covered issues such as settlements and alleged IDF war crimes.

Khulan Dav, a member of the SOAS Jewish Society and an organizer of the Regev lecture, said the event was a success, featuring an “amazing, absolutely respectful conversation.”

Dav said it was “peaceful” inside the event venue, though at first it was difficult for the audience of some 70 SOAS students to hear the ambassador over the protesters’ loudspeakers, a problem rectified with the help of a mic.

Dav applauded what she called “SOAS management’s shockingly helpful” role throughout the process of organizing Regev’s talk, even arranging for a taxi to transport Dav home after it ended to ensure her safety.
“I was really surprised to learn that SOAS management really is devoted to free speech,” she said. “They were determined that this event should happen.”

The SOAS registrar, Paula Sanderson, made clear that the individual who mocked the Holocaust was not a member of the university’s community and that “hate speech or antisemitism” by anyone who was would be investigated.

“There is no place for hate speech on the SOAS campus and freedom of speech does not permit the expression of racist or antisemitic views,” she said. “We condemn unreservedly the comments that were made by the person shown on the video.”


As The Algemeiner reported last week, the announcement of Regev’s upcoming talk led to an immediate backlash from the SOAS community. A student group that was meant to co-sponsor the event backed out days before the lecture due to the controversy.


Last month, footage was released of SOAS students openly expressing support for Hezbollah and Hamas and calling for the destruction of Israel. Some in the Jewish community wryly said the school’s acronym stands for “School Of Antisemitism.”


Watch below the video of a protester on Thursday calling Jews murdered in gas chambers “cowards”:



https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/04/27/jews-murdered-in-holocaust-called-cowards-at-london-protests-outside-israeli-ambassadors-soas-lecture/





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Re: SOAS Snowflakes cannot stomach the idea of an Israeli ambassador on campus

Post by nicko on Sat Apr 29, 2017 12:24 pm

Students, they known it all don't they?
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Re: SOAS Snowflakes cannot stomach the idea of an Israeli ambassador on campus

Post by Thorin on Sat Apr 29, 2017 12:30 pm

nicko wrote:Students,   they known it all don't they?

Well Nicko, its clear the ones protesting, want to destroy Israel and support two terrorist organisations.

It begs the questions what sort of educators are being employed at such Universities
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