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Jewish leaders condemn British university debate on Israel and international law

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RT | March 11, 2015

The University of Southampton has hit back at appeals to revoke its sponsorship of a conference questioning the legality of Israel’s right to exist under international law.

The three-day conference, titled “International Law and the State of Israel: Legitimacy, Responsibility and Exceptionalism” is scheduled to take place April 17-19.

According to the organizers, it will “explore the relatedness of the suffering and injustice in Palestine to the foundation and protection of a state of such nature and asks what role International Law should play in the situation.”

“It is unique because it concerns the legitimacy in International Law of the Jewish state of Israel.”

Conservative MP Mark Hoban, a prominent supporter of the state of Israel, has called on the university vice-chancellor to withdraw sponsorship, branding the conference “provocative.”

Critics say the event may “well affect the attractiveness of the School of Law for future UK and international students.”

In a climate of rising anti-Semitism in the UK, the institution insists its event will not add to it.

Jewish community leaders nevertheless say the conference “surpasses the unacceptable.”

Judging by the name and the advertised speakers, Jewish leaders said the symposium “sets out explicitly to question the very legitimacy of a member of the UN,” the Jerusalem Post reported.

In a letter to the university, Jewish leaders accused Southampton’s Law School of “being used as an academic platform to advance, not just to legitimate, Palestinian national rights.”

“What other state in the global community of nations – democratic or tyrannical – is ever subjected to such a critique? The conference causes us great concern and distress. It will undoubtedly trouble greatly the members of the UK Jewish community,” the leaders said.

They urged the university to reconsider holding the event.

Despite the appeal and a petition signed by almost 3,000 people, the university insisted the conference would go ahead as planned.

According to the Jerusalem Post’s sources, Hazel Biggs, the head of the University of Southampton’s Law School, rejected the appeal.

Even though the title of the symposium raised an important question, the event would take “no explicit perspective,” Biggs said.

Despite the event being in “final stages of preparation,” the Jewish Leadership Council or the Board of Deputies of British Jews are welcome to recommend suitable speakers as the institution is “happy to receive their nominations.”

The university has received nearly a dozen letters from Jewish organizations and members of parliament urging them to cancel the event.

However, a source close to the Jewish delegation told the Jerusalem Post it is clear the university is “not going to budge.”

A spokesperson for the university said: “We are committed to academic freedom, free speech and opportunities for staff and students to engage with a wide range of opinions.”

The spokesperson said that “discussion and critical thinking” was fundamental to the institution, and added that academics have freedom to explore “controversial issues,” while “giving due regard for the need to respect others.”

“The conference aims to examine the role international law can play in political struggles and to act as a platform for scholarly debate, welcoming academic contributions from a range of perspectives,” the spokesperson said.

March 11, 2015 - Posted by | Ethnic Cleansing, Racism, Zionism, Illegal Occupation, Timeless or most popular, War Crimes | , , ,

9 Comments »

  1. it is very typical that the zionist jews do not want this confernice , just shows you that there no free speech at all in the west, who do the ZIONIST jews think they are something special…NOT

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    Comment by BAD BAD | March 11, 2015 | Reply

  2. I thought it was illegal to speak/analyze facts about Israel.

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    Comment by doodaa | March 11, 2015 | Reply

  3. Well, such a scholarly debate is long overdue.The creation of a religious state for Jews only in our lifetime is long overdue. Given the number of Palestinians who have been killed or forced out of the land of Palestine in order for a Jewish state to come into existence 3,000 signatures are not enough to stop or prevent such a timely discussion.

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    Comment by ribeekah | March 11, 2015 | Reply

    • Perhaps the Jewish State Jews should retreat into their state of mind and leave reality alone. Their thoughts are not harmful to others as long as they don’t try to effectuate them.

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      Comment by aletho | March 11, 2015 | Reply

  4. Debate?? thou shalt not debate, so sayeth the zionist hypocrite.. There can be no discussion as that would expose the zionist lies, fraud and genocide!
    When all else fails, march out the old standards, RACIST! ANTI-SEMITE! “as though that answers the questions”

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    Comment by desertspeaks | March 11, 2015 | Reply

  5. It’s interesting that Jewish leaders say the symposium “sets out explicitly to question the very legitimacy of a member of the UN” when the State of Israel has never fulfilled the conditions for actually being a member. One of those conditions was recognition of the Palestinian’s “Right of Return”. Did I miss where that happened? If not, how then is Israel a member of the UN? Exceptionalism indeed!

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    Comment by John Victor McIrvine | March 11, 2015 | Reply

  6. Reblogged this on Floating-voter.

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    Comment by joekano76 | March 11, 2015 | Reply

  7. jSIP has never been legal under international law. And never will be. It’s well past time that the international community sent them back to their eastern european homeland so that the semitic peoples of the middle east could determine their own future. Just as they were doing before the terrorist invasion of 1948.

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    Comment by yep. | March 11, 2015 | Reply

  8. ““What other state in the global community of nations – democratic or tyrannical – is ever subjected to such a critique?”
    South Ossetia .. nagorno-karabakh ,, tibet and of course Palestine

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    Comment by barney | March 15, 2015 | Reply


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