22 February 2017

DEFEND FREE SPEECH AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL LANCASHIRE - Telling the truth about why Israel is an Apartheid State is 'antisemitic'

If the Police State academics at East Lancashire University are right, then Archbishop Desmond Tutu, one of the stalwarts of the Anti-Apartheid struggle in South Africa is an 'anti-Semite' and should be banned

University Authorities Use IHRA Definition of Anti-Semitism to Ban Israel Apartheid Week

Today the Jewish Chronicle reported that the University of Central Lancashire had cancelled Israel Apartheid Week.

A spokesperson for the university said “Debunking Misconceptions on Palestine" contravened the definition of antisemitism adopted by the government and was “unlawful”.

The University of Central Lancashire
The spokesperson went on to say that: “The UK government has formally adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s new definition of what constitutes antisemitism.

“We believe the proposed talk contravenes the new definition and furthermore breaches university protocols for such events, where we require assurances of a balanced view or a panel of speakers representing all interests.”

He added: “In this instance our procedures determined that the proposed event would not be lawful and therefore it will not proceed as planned.” 

Suffice to say this is another Zionist attack on free speech.  The IHRA definition of 'anti-Semitism' is not a legal definition but a political definition of anti-Semitism. See The Government's new definition of ‘anti-Semitism’ is an attempt to criminalise support for the Palestinians and opposition to Zionism

The fact is that Israel IS an apartheid state.  It rules over 4 million Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza who have no vote or say in who their rulers are.  They co-exist with Jewish settlers who are subject to a different legal system entirely.

Israel itself is a state where Arabs are tolerated guests at best.  There is no Israeli nationality because Israel is a Jewish state, which means that all Jews can become nationals of the Jewish state.  Most areas of life, from land, housing, education, employment, the army are segregated.   If the Zionists want to argue about this fine, let them debate it.  The purpose of the IHRA definition of 'anti-Semitism' has nothing at all to do with anti-Semitism and everything to  do with support for Zionism and Israel.

The fact that Jeremy Corbyn, in what is fast becoming a double act, automatically gave Theresa May his support when she came out in favour of the IHRA definition, shows how much he has shifted to the Right since becoming Labour leader.  Not that it will help save him.

Below are some numbers and email address to which you can address your concerns to the East Lanchashire University authorities.

It is timely that tomorrow in Brighton, Palestine Solidarity Campaign will be holding a public meeting with Jackie Walker, who is suspended from the Labour Party for 'anti-Semitism', Michael Deas, former European Director of the Boycott National Committee and myself, also suspended from the Labour Party on bogus charges of 'anti-Semitism'.

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