Cross posted from the blog of David Collier
19th January 2017. QMUL. This was my first anti-Israel university event of 2017. The start of an extremely busy time in the annual calendar. Apartheid Week, an intensive period of vicious anti-Israel activity on campus is only a month away. To highlight this intensity, this was one of only three events taking place I could have chosen. The other two were at SOAS, and Salisbury.
It was also my first event since Al -Jazeera launched a visible attack on British Jews, via an undercover operation driven from within a deeply antisemitic paradigm. As I pointed out at the time, even though sane people watched the show and saw nothing, for the antisemite, the show was the delivery of proof of Jewish conspiracy. So how would this play out on the UK campus?
The event itself was at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) campus, ‘discussing the BDS movement, its impact and importance’. Hosted by the QMUL Friends of Palestine Society, it was a Friends of Al Aqsa (FOA) event, and a bag of FOA material was handed out to all attendees.
On the panel was Ben White, Malaka Mohammed, Prof. Moshe Machover and Shamiul Joarder. The range of hate that lines up against Israel. Islamic thought, the Palestinian, the Marxist Jew, and well, the other, the British guy who attaches himself to Islamic thought and Jewish Marxists, to push a highly dubious and quintessentially hypocritical humanitarian cause.
The evening began with a short clip. I have provided just 10 seconds below, all that is needed to highlight the disgraceful distortion of history that is behind the BDS campaign:
Notice the conflict begins in 1948. There is no history here, no Jews living in the land, no Balfour, no partition. But then the really abusive twist. Notice the attack comes from the outside. In 1948, Jews invaded Palestine with tanks and ethnically cleansed the Palestinians. The historical reality was that the only invading tanks in 1948 were those of the Arab armies who had come to commit genocide against Jews living in British Palestine / Israel. This lie is vile, shameful, and being shown on a university campus near you today to persuade students to boycott the Jewish nation.
Yet the evening had only started. What I witnessed at QMUL was a disgrace. A room full of people, almost all of them fully believing, that the Jewish students of QMUL were planted operatives instructed by another government. Jewish students who had turned up, *on their own university campus*, to argue against lies being spread by a vicious propaganda machine were in the eyes of the audience, foreign agents, spies. The classic role of ‘the alien Jew’
The attack did not only come from the audience, it was driven from within the panel. The first question came from someone wearing a Jewish head covering, who questioned why BDS was so single minded, in focusing only on Israel. The response he received, rather than a direct answer, was truly shocking:
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