Jewish blogger physically attacked at SOAS after anti-Israel event with Roger Waters.

Written by Richard Millett

It’s with great sadness I have to write this piece. Having attended hundreds of anti-Israel events throughout London and beyond for 10 years I have never been hit. I have been threatened repeatedly but never thought someone would follow through. Last night that changed at SOAS, where I’m also an alumnus.

Last night Prof. Gilbert Achcar hosted a film (‘The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel’s Public Relations War in the United States’) narrated by Roger Waters.

From website of the film: The Occupation of the American Mind

Still shot from the film

About 275 people were in the auditorium, few of whom were students let alone students from SOAS. It was a publicly advertised event so anyone can just walk in off the streets; a security nightmare itself in these times.

The film lasts 80 minutes and contains multiple scenes of dead and mutilated Palestinian and Lebanese men, women and children. There is also footage and stills of Israeli soldiers who are shown to be committing violent acts against Palestinians.

Interspersed with these scenes were interviews with the usual anti-Israel protagonists: Norman Finkelstein, Noam Chomsky, Max Blumenthal, Glenn Greenwald, and Stephen Walt to name but a few.

Their message was that “the Israel lobby” spends millions of dollars in America to reverse the narrative that “Israel is the aggressor” into one of “Israel is under attack”. The film claims that the American public is being duped into supporting Israel.

Waters also states that the Hamas Charter was “written by a few ideologues” but had been disowned by Hamas long ago and that UNSCR 242 simply called for Israeli soldiers to withdraw from the West Bank. And let’s not even go into Water’s potted history of the build up to 1948.

After the film Waters was Skyped in live and I had my hand up throughout but Achcar managed to circumvent my outstretched arm. I wanted to ask Waters how a Star of David emblazoned on a pig at one of his concerts could be considered anything other than anti-Jewish.

Then there was a Q&A to a panel consisting of John Pilger, Dina Matar and Sut Jhally. At one stage they raised the propaganda of Goebbels and the Nazis, presumably by comparison to Israel’s “Hasbarah”.

Jonathan Hoffman asked a question and he also interjected when SOAS lecturer Matar claimed outrageously that “anyone who is pro-Palestinian is instantly labelled anti-Semitic”.

When the event finished I met up with Jonathan inside the auditorium and he was being quickly surrounded by those wanting to speak to him. I jokingly castigated him for asking an “unbiased question”.

A male next to Jonathan then turned to me and asked if I was with him (Jonathan) and I said “yes” presuming he wanted to chat about the film. But he was immediately face-to-face with me and I noticed he was totally drunk. He was a white male, much taller than me and much younger, probably in his mid to late twenties.

I tried to get away but had nowhere to go as the room was very crowded. There was no security around whatsoever. He was facing me very close telling me I was going to be “fucking mugged off”. I asked him to calm down and back off or I’d call the police and that I just wanted a relaxing evening to which he responded (here’s the audio):

“I’ll give you a relaxing exit. Would you like a relaxing exit? I’ll tell you what, you’ll get a fucking pasting. You’ll get a fucking pasting.”

I dialled 999 but he had walked away so I stopped. However, he then immediately returned, tried to slam my phone out of my hand and also punched me on the side of my head.

I had never seen the attacker before at any event. All he knew about me was that I was connected to Jonathan who had, during the Q&A, tried to put forward Israel’s narrative. This attacker, who had just watched a film with multiple scenes of dead and mutilated men, women and children wanted to find someone to take it out on.

Maybe he was just a fan of Waters. All I know is these meetings are now not safe to attend.

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  1. On Monday night we crossed a line. A University in London has become the ‘go to’ place for antisemites to meet and is now a dangerous place for those of us who tell the truth about Israel. Baroness Amos has had two years to root out the racism at SOAS. She has failed. She should now consider her position.

    • Is anyone reading this surprised? This was inevitable. Was this reported to the Met and if so what did they do about it?

    • I agree Jonathan. If proof is needed that much Jew-hatred is driven by anti-Israel sentiment we need look no further than SOAS as one university which is a hotbed for it. SOAS is funded by regimes which support islamist terror which has such hatred at its centre. Our community leaders are useless at confronting this as it should be confronted.

  2. I challenge the management of the School of Overtly Antisemitic Studies to take action over this assault carried out on their premises.

  3. Hang on Richard this is not the first time you have claimed to have been assaulted at SOAS is it ? Do you want me to tell the folks all about it or would you prefer that I did ?

    • ” Do you want me to tell the folks all about it or would you prefer that I did ?”

      Stephen dear boy, isn’t that the same as ‘Heads I win, Tails you lose.’
      Have you been guzzling too many pints of Liffey water tonight?

      • Ah well Gerald bit of a boo boo there wasn’t there. But I am sure even you could figure out how it was supposed to read.And of course there was the time Hoff was racially abused at SOAS. I am thinking Baroness Amos maybe should be brought up to speed on Hoff and Richard.

        • Are you really as twisted as you come across, or is this acting out to get attention? (Rhetorical questions – I’ve read your mean-spirited posts here before so don’t bother to reply).

          • Well Babs i am going to reply. It is not much of a bother, but I do appreciate your concern. Hoff and Richard have something of a history generally and in respect of SOAS in particular. It is all very carefully archived. Since Baroness Amos is getting dragged into this she should surely be aware of this history. Do you not think ?

            As for ” ” acting out to get attention” I think you should look closer to home on this one.

            • Stephen, Stephen you are at it again.
              When you ask Babs, “Do you not think ?” Are you seriously asking her if she thinks or not?
              It is bad enough when you murder logic, truth and history in your posts but your murder of the English language, the language of William Shakespeare, Dylan Thomas, Oscar Wilde, et al., is hurting my eyeballs.

              Now Stephen memorise and absorb the wisdom in the following sentences, then I expect to see a marked improvement in the standard of English in your next post.

              ” A man may take to drink because he feels himself to be a failure, and then fail all the more completely because he drinks. It is rather the same thing that is happening to the English language. It becomes ugly and inaccurate because our thoughts are foolish, but the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts. The point is that the process is reversible. Modern English, especially written English, is full of bad habits which spread by imitation and which can be avoided if one is willing to take the necessary trouble. If one gets rid of these habits one can think more clearly, and to think clearly is a necessary first step toward political regeneration: so that the fight against bad English is not frivolous and is not the exclusive concern of professional writers.”

              • Well no Gerald I simply mean ” Are you of the opinion that “. And I am guessing you are one of those buffoons that insist that one should never begin a sentence with ” And ” or ” But”. I will concede, however, that your poetry is a marked advance on that of Bubba.

                • Stephen if you mean, ” Are you of the opinion that “. Then write that, not resort to the use of an ugly and poorly composed sentence.
                  Based on the standard of your own posts it is the height of hypocrisy for you to criticise the content of any post written by someone else. Again I refer you to the sentences quoted in my post above, memorise and absorb them then hopefully the clarity of your posts will improve. The content, and intent, of your posts are another matter

                    • Stephen you have used the same line/question to a different poster on a different thread.
                      Even your attempts to avoid the substance of posts you either disagree with, or are unable to answer, are hackneyed.

                    • Gerald I just can’t believe there is nothing in your life more interesting than me.

                    • Stephen yet again you attempt to use a cheap insult to throw up dust and confusion to divert attention away from the contents of a post that either contains truth that you find inconvenient, or highlights one of your many shortcomings.

                      To set your mind at rest, everything in my life is more interesting than you. Or in terms that even someone with a poor command of the English language such as you Stephen can understand. If I see dogshit in my garden I do not find it interesting, I clean it up. The same with your posts on this and other sites Stephen, they are not interesting they are dogshit and need cleaning up.

                    • “o:)”

                      Good idea Stephen start using sign language, it has got to be an improvement on your appalling English.

                    • Gerald you are coming over like an old time La Rochelle fish wife that just has to have the last word. Be my guest.

                    • “Gerald you are coming over like an old time La Rochelle fish wife that just has to have the last word. Be my guest.”

                      Check Mate, Stephen.

  4. Roger Waters is part of the incredibly well-funded public relations war on Israel, a sub-category of the long well-financed long Arab war on Israel and the Jewish people. Success in Europe is easy due to historical factors such as Europe’s abysmal history of antisemitism and holocaust shame (not to be confused with guilt). Roger and his woefully ignorant, bigoted fellow travelers are finding America a tougher nut to crack.
    Gideon Levy considers himself a “conscience,” but can be described rather more accurately as a masochist working on behalf of sadists. He is regularly published nutter.

    • As for specimens such as Stephen Bellamy,…he keeps showing up. I guess he’s looking for attention.