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Jews anti-Semitically abused at London School of Economics event with Richard Falk


Written by Jonathan Hoffman and originally published at United with Israel

The LSE event last night (Monday) with antisemitic speaker Richard Falk (nominally launching his new book) was truly horrible. Several hardcore alleged anti-Semites were there.


Falk predictably championed the paper that was removed from the UN website –its removal was a sign that Israel and her supporters “no longer want to argue on substance”. He talked about the “changing dynamics of Zionist ambition” – it used to be “limited” but now all Israelis refer to “Judea and Samaria not the West Bank, to underline the Biblical claim.” They have a “sacred relationship to the land” which “doesn’t rely on international law or colonialism – unlike any other claim in the world”. “Israel’s push back has increasingly relied on playing the antisemitic card.” “A smear tactic designed to avoid proper discussion.” “It is a test of academic freedom”.

Chris Doyle of CAABU also spoke. He played ‘good cop’ to Falk’s ‘bad cop’, saying he would not have endorsed Atzmon’s “The Wandering Who”, like Falk did.

In the Q+A 4 or 5 of us managed to speak. I asked Falk about his publication of an antisemitic cartoon in 2011,  showing a dog wearing a kipa (a Jewish head-covering) urinating on a depiction of justice and devouring a bloody skeleton.

UK British Prime Minister David Cameron “strongly condemned” it as did UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. He said he had withdrawn it quickly when he realised the true nature of it. He was asked about 9/11 conspiracy theories and a South African lady told him that nothing in Israel resembled ‘apartheid’

As Falk started his summing-up two of us held up signs in a silent protest. One sign said “Richard Falk: Shame on CAABU”, the other “Richard Falk: Condemned for Antisemitism”. There were several security guards in the room and one came and ripped up my sign even though it was a silent protest – I will be complaining. I then held up a sign saying “Richard Falk: Shame on LSE”. The meeting became rowdier and Mary Kaldor the Chair asked for the two of us to leave (apparently we were holding the signs too high…)

The Q+A was vile. One student got up and walked out upset. A man near the back of the room kept interrupting speakers, saying how awful Zionists were. Students at the back challenged him and then the man physically threatened them. Security surrounded him but didn’t remove him.

As I left the room, I held up my Israel flag. Our departure caused chaos with people complaining that silent protesters were being removed. Gilad Atzmon said “’Raus” as I left the room (it is on film though I didn’t hear it).  He was admonished by the pro-Palestinians.  Atzmon then turned around to the Jewish students at the back and said being chucked out for causing trouble, just like you lot were in Germany”.  The pro-Israel people then went ballistic at him and asked him to repeat it – which he happily did. Security was called to remove him – even the pro-Palestinians told him he had crossed a red line. Then (I was told – I was outside) the event descended into chaos as Security refused to remove Atzmon. It ended earlier than the 90 minutes planned.

Appalling. This was an official LSE event – not a student society one. Silent protesters are expelled but a vile anti-Semite is allowed to stay. Shame on LSE – and I speak as an Alumnus.

 

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  1. I asked Falk about his publication of an antisemitic cartoon in 2011, showing a dog wearing a kipa (a Jewish head-covering) urinating on a depiction of justice and devouring a bloody skeleton. UK British Prime Minister David Cameron “strongly condemned” it as did UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.

    Note the abuse as I asked the question. I didn’t hear it at the time – I was at the front of the room, this video was shot from the back: “Racist” “Zionist colonialist racist” … sounds like Atzmon …

    Listen to Mary Kaldor defending Falk …. “Who is himself Jewish ….” (-2.10)

    Falk: “Well as Mary said your comment is illustrative of the experience I’ve had for six years in expressing my concerns at the UN where UN Watch in particular devoted its greatest energy to showing [?throwing?] things out of context. That cartoon that you referred to was immediately withdrawn when I realised how it was interpreted [audience whispers ..”How it was interpreted!”]. The actual offensive part of it is virtually invisible to the normal eye …

    Watch the question and the answer here……..

  2. It is agreed that Richard Falk here does not know what Antisemtism is and that Gilad Altzmon is an overt Antisemite. Now how’s about some condemnation of the Trump administration’s Antisemitism.
    Irrationality breeds irrationality, it would seem.

    • Since the name of the site makes it clear that it deals with the UK and since its mission statement (heading this page) says PROMOTING FAIR AND ACCURATE COVERAGE OF ISRAEL asking for crit of the US administration is off-topic

      • Since you are located in Tel Aviv, you should know that the sun does not revolve around London. Antisemitism is Antisemtism, is it not ! Is the Zionist doctrine not capable of denouncing Antisemitism when it does not suit its purposes?

        • Dr. Weizfeld, you are correct that the sun does not revolve around London. You might be surprised to hear that it was established many centuries ago that the Earth revolves around the Sun.
          However you do have a track record and pre-set agenda yourself, don’t you Dr. Weizfeld?

          “dr. abraham Weizfeld B.Sc., M.A., Ph.D. cand., is an activist, since 1967, with Palestinian and socialist movements in Canada and Québec, including periods in Toronto, Waterloo (1970 – 75), Ottawa (1982 – 85), and Montréal (1986 – )… After meeting Yasser Arafat in Beirut during the 1980 solidarity conference, he worked as assistant to the unofficial Palestine Embassy during the first 1982-85 Israel invasion of Lebanon…. During the Fall of 2011 Weizfeld worked for three months with the Tanweer Cultural Enlightenment Forum in Nablus, Palestine. “

        • Lol. “The Zionist Doctrine ”
          Using slogans automatically signals your hostility.

          I have no interest in your political preoccupations.

            • The Zionist Doctrine is not a slogan, it is an accurate academic designation. Zionism is a theory of how to achieve Jewish self-determination, however it is flawed because it does not recognize that all Nations seek their self-determination and only a reciprocal relation between Nations can solve this age-old problem.

              • Why do you want condemnation of the Trump Administration on this page? I would think you’d more want a job with them than anything.

                Stop shitting on Zionism, Abraham. That’s the first step towards stopping anti-Semitism. Thanks!

            • “I am serving the Jewish people”
              Really? By aiding and abetting those who wish to destroy the Jewish people. “After meeting Yasser Arafat in Beirut during the 1980 solidarity conference, he worked as assistant to the unofficial Palestine Embassy during the first 1982-85 Israel invasion of Lebanon..”

              Your claim to be serving the Jewish people is as logical as William Joyce (Lord Haw-Haw) claiming he was serving the European people by promoting Nazi ideology.

            • You would be far happier over at Jewish Voice for Peace or Mondoweiss . You won’t win over anyone here Doc

    • The Jewish Bund was struggling against fascist and Stalinist Antisemitism while the Zionist leaders were seeking alliances with the Antisemitic world powers. As the Jewish Bund we serve the Jewish People.
      The Israel invasion of Lebanon was a disaster that everybody knows and for which Sharon was condemned for allowing the Sabra-Shatila pogrom. I worked to stop that folly and continue to work to stop the war on the Palestinian People. No regrets.

      • I think Pogroms were specifically happening in Europe. I’m not sure every battle is considered a Pogrom, just like no every murder is a Lynching (although all lynchings are murders, see?).

        And of all the wars Israel had to fight, you bring up Lebanon in the 80s which wasn’t even fought by Israel but rather encouraged by Israel for others to fight.

        Amazeballs.

        • It’s precisely because of people like you that the Zionist State of Israel Exists. Today, the worst examples of anti-Semitism (anti-Zionism) are coming out of the left. And of course the worst of these are the self-hating Jews like yourself. What a surprise! Do you honestly believe that if the Zionist State of Israel didn’t exist, there would somehow be less anti-Semitism and persecution of Jews? If you do, then you’re a nutter. Which I think you are anyway. Being Zionist isn’t a crime and never was. Israel is a source of pride and dignity for Jews all over the world. Just as the Brits feel pride in their country and their royal family and demonstrated this by voting for Brexit.

        • Jewish Bundists fought against everything that makes Jews Jewish. You serve Jews the way a deli serves cows. Give me a good pastrami on rye over a Bundist any day of the year – except fast days, when the Bundists are all chowing down to show their contempt for Yiddishkeit.

          You know one of the big differences between Pres. Trump and a Jew who hates Judaism? Trump has Jewish grandchildren.

          • It seems that Ahad Ha’amoratsim and Irene Lash Goldberg have confused my Bundist position with that of the Marxist Left. I agree that the Marxist doctrine is originally Antisemitic with Marx’s pamphlet ‘On the Jewish Question’ and I would also point out that the Jewish Bund was expelled from the Second International but the votes of both the Marxist currents, the Social-Democrates and the Leninists, in 1903. You should know that the Bundist leaders were imprisoned by Stalin because they formed a Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee; Engler was executed and Alter committed suicide while imprisoned.
            My reasons for being here to address you is to indicate our opposition to the Antisemites whether Jewish, like Atzmon, or if they present themselves as Marxists. I don’t expect that other would agree with the Jewish Bund but I do want the recognition for the continued existence of our movement.

      • “…and continue to work to stop the war on the Palestinian People.”
        Does you work include stopping the war on the Palestinian people by the kleptocrats of Fatah and the thugs of Hamas?

              • Thank you for your kind invitation to read a book, but that does not answer the question.
                In fact based on your lack of providing any credible evidence to support your claim to be working to stop the war on the Palestinian people by the kleptocrats of Fatah and the thugs of Hamas, as well as your one time employment by the kleptocrats of Fatah the only rational and logical conclusion to be drawn is that your claim is spurious.

                I will, of course, change my conclusion when you provide credible evidence. In the meantime my conclusion stands.

                • If you are serious about your concern for the Palestinian People living under the Palestinian Authority you should speak to the Israel security apparatus which supports that Palestinian Authority apparatus. As for myself I do not work with either the PA or even Fatah but rather with the Palestinian civil society associations here in Nablus. A strong democracy depends on the people’s organizations, n’est-ce pas?
                  But the issue here is how to combat Antisemitism and we continue to do so in all political arenae, including the Palestinian solidarity movement. How about yourself, will you equally oppose support for Antisemites among the supporters of Israel?

                  • ” As for myself I do not work with either the PA or even Fatah but rather with the Palestinian civil society associations here in Nablus”

                    So in your biography, which I posted above and note you have not refuted, the claim that you “.. worked as assistant to the unofficial Palestine Embassy during the first 1982-85 Israel invasion of Lebanon…. ” is wrong?
                    You did not work as an assistant at the unofficial Palestine Embassy?

                    • And I’m still waiting for credible evidence that you Dr. Weizfeld are working to stop the war on the Palestinian people by the kleptocrats of Fatah and the thugs of Hamas,

                      Let me know when you post it.
                      If you can hear a noise it is your credibility flying out of the window.

                    • Every day I work in the Palestinian cultural centre here where I am very welcome. If I could do more I would but I am just a writer with a Ph.D. During the Israel invasion of Lebanon from 1982-85 I worked as a political attaché in the unofficial Palestine Embassy in Ottawa, Canada. My documentary study Sabra & Shatila written at that time helped to prevent any such massacre again and my work ended when Israel was obliged to withdraw from Lebanon under international law.

                    • “During the Israel invasion of Lebanon from 1982-85 I worked as a political attaché in the unofficial Palestine Embassy in Ottawa, Canada”

                      Working for whom, i.e. under the direction of what entity or organisation did you carry out your tasks?

                    • That statement is an example of Holocaust justification. That is a piece of neo-Nazi propaganda, and I say so not because I am a Zionist. My family members were simple working-class Orthodox people in Poland and they were targeted for elimination. What could they possibly be considered to have been guilty of. Karma gel can get lost.
                      Unfortunately the Chasidic explanation for the Holocaust is similar; that somehow the Jewish people were not religious enough.. really!

                    • Gerald needs to know for whom I was working at the Palestine Information Office in Ottawa during the Israel invasion of Lebanon 1982-85. As a political Attaché I was working for the Ambassador Abdullah Abdullah. and he was and is affiliated with Fatah which is recognized by all the Palestinian factions as the international diplomatic representative of the Palestinian People. The Palestine Information Office itself was located in the Arab League centre. So the best answer would be that it was Abdullah Abdullah with whom I worked.
                      In 1988 I took on a diplomatic responsibility on behalf of the Jewish People with respect to the Palestinian leadership in terms of seeking a peaceful resolution of the Israel-Palestinian conflict, as well as an international spokesperson on behalf of the Jewish People against Antisemitism, as representative of the Jewish Bund movement by founding the international chapter of the Bund named the Jewish People’s Liberation Organization (J PLO).

                    • So Dr. Weizfeld yesterday you claimed to be working to stop the war on the Palestinian people by the kleptocrats of Fatah and now today you admit, after a lot of waffle, that you were working for the kleptocrats of Fatah.

                      Then to increase the amount of amusement you have already caused you make the following bumptious claim, “In 1988 I took on a diplomatic responsibility on behalf of the Jewish People”
                      When you claimed to be a writer, would that be a comedy writer?

    • This may be a bit too complicated for Gerald but the Palestine Embassy, with which I worked, represents all the Palestinian People, not only the Fatah party. Secondly the Palestinian Authority is not the same as the Fatah party, which has an internal organizational structure of its own apart from the governmental bodies. Actually I am not a member of Fatah although there is a Jewish member who is even elected to its Council, Dr. Uri Davis, a Hebrew Palestinian.

      • Dear Dr. Weizfeld from your own post above “I was working for the Ambassador Abdullah Abdullah. and he was and is affiliated with Fatah”

      • So maybe you would know, Abraham, why hasn’t the Palestinian Leadership ever demanded human rights in their refugees’ other host countries? How come does the PA go crazy regarding Israel that they blow up a pizzeria, a dance club, and a hotel ballroom in the shadow of having rejected peace deals BUT this same PA leadership says nothing about the starving Palestinians in Syria tormented by Assad? Same goes with Palestinian treatment all over the world. Why is the autonomous movement centered squarely where they (ironically) have the most autonomy?

        See, I think that if one works “for Palestinians” one is actually working “against Israel”. Not against Israeli interests, but against Israel’s existence. That is the only Palestinian method. To destroy Israel specifically.

        Which brings me to the fact that I don’t trust your perspective on Sabra and Shatilla because you were in Canada at the time. But all the best.

        • Well, the answer to your long question is short; the PLO takes a neutral position towards the regimes in the host countries of the Palestinian refugees residence. I don’t agree necessarily but it is a policy that seeks to reduce the objections to the presence of the Palestinians who are so numerous that they tend to upset the sometimes delicate balance of power between factions in the host country. Lebanon is such an example where their is a balance of power between the Muslim and Christian communities. Nonetheless the Palestinians should have access to higher education in Lebanon which they do not have.
          As for Syria, the policy of neutrality has not worked and the refugees have become refugees once more from the Yarmouk camp.
          The PA itself has nothing to do internationally, that is the responsibility of the PLO. Your objections to the lack of intervention of the PLO on behalf of the refugees in their countries of residence is of course legitimate.
          As for the PA’s position on negotiations.. it astonishes me that there is such an affirmation to the effect that Israel is not recognized when actually the PA works together with Israel to suppress anti-Israel activity. While the PA and the PLO have recognized the State of Israel, it is the State of Israel that has not yet recognized the State of Palestine as is provided for in the Partition resolution of 1948 #181, the Resolution 242 and the Oslo Interim Agreement.
          Why does Israel not realize that its continued recognition depends upon its recognition of the State of Palestine?

          • “Nonetheless the Palestinians should have access to higher education in Lebanon which they do not have.”
            They certainly have access to cramped conditions and raw sewage, courtesy of their Arab brothers. Neutral. Hilarious!

            “As for Syria, the policy of neutrality has not worked and the refugees have become refugees once more from the Yarmouk camp”
            Neutrality? Oh yes, like the Swiss. Although I don’t think the Swiss would be neutral about the abuse of their own people by others. I could be wrong about that.

            • Obviously neutrality is the absence of a position that the Palestinian representatives should have. Take down the Assad regime and end the genocide of the Syrian people and the Palestinians, i say.

          • So they shirk their emotions for sake of focusing all their energy on Israel. They are, in short, an anti-Israel movement.

            That is the failure of Palestinian nationalism. Having the nation isn’t good enough, and the only villain they’ll ever accept are the Jews.

            Not a recipe for success.

            • Israel is as guilty as Saudi Arabia in not accepting any Syrian refugees, in particular the Palestinian refugees from Yarmouk in spite of them originating from there. It is a shame that refugees are treated in such a manner.

              • As usual with Israel haters Mr. Weizfeld forgets some pretty significant facts. Israel suggested to Abbas to accept Palestinian refugees and settle them on the area under the control of the PA and Abbas refused the offer. But facts mustn’t influence Jew bashing.

              • I’m a supporter of Oslo. I just think the Palestinians did irreparable harm to their movement by whining about the deals they were given which they then struck down to blow up a pizza joint, dance club, and hotel ballroom.

                So stop acting like these people you defend are faultless. They are their own worst enemy, and you, by encouraging their stubbornness, may very well be a close second.

                • Your comment deserves a reply but the references you make of terrorists attacks are not dated and I am not familiar with them. As for terrorism in general I am opposed to such acts which have no political or military rationale. Attacks on civilians are not political, not rational and do not have a purpose in the liberation of the people who are living under occupation — the Palestinians. Of course you have to consider the attacks on the civilian Palestinian population as terrorism as well and this daily terror inflicted on all Palestinians in both the West Bank and Gaza creates unreasonable hatred, which is not what you wish, I would presume.
                  If you wish to dispute the term ‘West Bank’ and revert to the historical names of Sumeria and Judea then you would also have to abandon the name of Israel to the original historical names of Phoenicia, Filastina and Kana’an.

                    • “As for terrorism in general I am opposed to such acts which have no political or military rationale.”

                      Let me tell you why terrorism is never okay. Because civilians of a country, are not to be military targets. If I am to be critical of Israel when they missile an apartment building in order to be rid of an old decrepit community leader who had led his children to the mass murder of Jews (say, while they’re eating pizza, or dancing on a Friday night, or perhaps attending a seder at a hotel) then I expect the same kind of respect for the livelihood of Israelis.

                      “But that 13 year old girl was sleeping on Palestinian Territory! That’s why it’s totally okay for a mentally deranged 17 year old Arab boy to crawl through her window early in the morning and stab her to death. Don’t you get it? I blame Netanyahu!”

                      Piss off.

                    • I guess I should add that the second quote is not actually you or anybody else, but rather my impression of what folks like you say, based off of what folks like you said when the girl in question was stabbed to death as she slept in her bed.

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