So shall ye reap:
The UK’s trade union for academics, the University and College Union, is “institutionally anti-Semitic,” a London employment tribunal heard Monday.
The claim was made on the opening day of a potentially landmark case, which partially revolves around UCU’s resolutions concerning an academic boycott of Israel.
The claimant, freelance mathematics lecturer Ronnie Fraser, is alleging that the union harassed him by creating a hostile environment for him as a Jew, which “derives from a culture and attitude which is informed by contemporary anti-Zionism. Complaints about anti-Semitism are met with either bald denials or accusations that the complainant is attempting to stifle legitimate debate. As a result of the role which the State of Israel plays in contemporary Jewish identity, the hostile environment necessarily has an adverse impact on Jewish members of the union, making them feel uncomfortable and unwelcome.”
He says that this contravenes the 2010 Equality Act, which prevents discrimination on grounds of race or religion.
Unusually for an employment tribunal, the case will take four weeks to be heard. Over 30 witnesses for the claimant include the Booker Prize winning novelist Howard Jacobson — who has submitted a witness statement but will not be cross-examined — as well as Jewish community officials and numerous academics, both Jewish and non-Jewish. The seven witnesses for the respondent are all UCU officials.
British academics harass Jewish academics; meanwhile Europe’s NGOs demand a boycott of Israeli products:
A group of 22 European NGO’s has recommended that its governments ban West Bank settlement products, in a report that it published on Tuesday morning.
It also called on the European Union and member states to pass legislation to more clearly label imports to its continent from West Bank settlements.
The report by the London based Crisis Action group highlighted World Bank data, provided by Israel, to argue that settlements goods remain part of Europe’s trade with Israel.
“The value of goods produced in West Bank settlements and exported to Europe is US$300 million per year,” the World Bank said in a September report.
The Crisis Group added in its report, that this was 15 times greater than Europe’s volume of trade with Palestinian products.
A former British Member of Parliament Phyllis Starkey told The Jerusalem Post that the report was released now because, “the issue of settlements has gone up the political agenda at the European Union.”
Ms. Starkey was a Labor MP, I hardly need point out.
I’m not sure it matters, but I think the British element of left-wing British antisemitism is secondary to the left-wing element. Where does the antisemitism in Britain come from? Academia (the UCU), left-wing politicians (George Galloway, Ken Livingstone); so-called aid groups:
“Consumers are unwittingly contributing to the injustice by buying products that are inaccurately labeled as coming from Israel, when in fact they are from West Bank settlements,” said William Bell, Policy and Advocacy Officer at Christian Aid UK and Ireland.
Because it’s always worked out so well to have nominal Christians telling Jews where they may and may not live. Especially a nominal Christian from England, which expelled its Jews in 1290, more than two centuries before Spain and Italy.
But you don’t hear conservative elements in Britain so hostile to Jews. So, if it’s in the water, it’s in the brand drunk by the Left.
This guy’s not British, but he is an academic—and we should take heed of what he has to say:
French Jewish scientist Serge Haroche, who shared the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics with American David Wineland, is visiting Israel as a guest of the Weizmann Institute of Science.
Haroche expressed his support for Israeli academics, saying: “I strongly object to the academic boycott of Israel. Natural Science discipline academics do not boycott Israel, only humanities discipline academics do.
“Any person with common sense knows science acts as a bridge between people and it is the best way to benefit the world,” he added.
“Science acts as a bridge between people”. Would that be why a Nobel laureate in Physics is open to Israel, while his Peace Prize brethren—Arafat, Tutu, Carter—are so hostile?
PS: Further to my point above:
A new poll conducted by YouGov for the Jewish Chronicle of Britain showed that a clear majority of British citizens did not agree with a cultural boycott of Israel.
The poll highlighted the fact that less than one out of five people objected to Israeli cultural productions being presented in the United Kingdom. Even more, three-quarters of the population had no issue with British counterparts performing in Israel.
The statistics gleaned from the new poll contradict British anti-Israel activists who have suggested that the majority of Britons would support a cultural boycott of Israel and consider Israel to be in the same pariah category as Apartheid South Africa used to be.
One in five, one in four—those numbers are still too high. But not altogether surprising given the Pakistani and Bangladeshi populations in Britain. Which further shows how isolated the academic and hard-left antisemites are.