SOS for SOAS

Whatever they are doing at SOAS University of London (School of Oriental and African Studies), it doesn’t appear that they are doing any decent teaching. For example, free speech doesn’t seem to feature on the syllabus. As the Elder of Ziyon points out (here), according to the Guardian (here), the response to a proposed address by Mark Regev, the Israeli ambassador to the UK was as follows:

More than 150 academics from Soas and other UK universities, plus 40 student societies at the university, have written to the Soas director Valerie Amos urging her to intervene to stop the meeting on Thursday at which Regev is due to speak.

Why?

“The event could further cause serious tension on campus and result in a charged atmosphere that will be detrimental to the wellbeing of all faculty, staff and students.”

Regev was invited by the Soas Jewish and United Nations societies. He will be interviewed by Eric Heinze, professor of law and humanities at Queen Mary University of London, before taking questions.

The students’ union challenged the university authorities over the staging of the event, raising concerns about possible safety and security risks posed by the ambassador’s visit and “the inability of students and staff – in particular Palestinian students – to participate openly in the debate, because of possible repercussions on their ability to enter Israel/Palestine”.

It’s all nonsense, but that last piece about “repercussions on their ability to enter Israel/Palestine” is not only fiction, it’s a variation on the blood libel. But, hey, it’s the Guardian…

You can just see the poor, troubled SOAS students and staff stamping their feet as they complain loudly that they do not want the Israeli ambassador to speak. No, no, no free speech for him!

And while you are getting over the obscene stance being made by those students and staff, know that the Elder has put it succinctly thus:

Calling for the destruction of Israel isn’t a provocation. Holding a speech defending it is.

Finally, entirely in keeping with the Guardian’s mission of downplaying antisemitism, and hating everything Israeli, note this:

Soas, which is one of the world’s leading institutions for the study of the Middle East, Africa and Asia, has often been the focus of coverage of the sometimes fraught debate surrounding Israeli-Palestinian politics on university campuses. As a result, the small minority of Jewish students at Soas have complained of feeling uncomfortable on campus and unable to express themselves.

How’s that for a glorious understatement?

SOAS are in trouble. Surely there’s no place in the modern world for a university that is so infested with hate and little disguised antisemitism?

Note the role of some (apparently) Jewish persons siding with the forces of darkness. They have given up their birthright, squandered their heritage, and sold their souls to the devil.

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