My friend Harry from
contacted me last night to say that the UCU vote is even more confused and irrational than we had thought, especially bearing in mind that the Palestinian president of Al Kuds Unversity is himself very much against academic boycotts and has said so countless times, including before yesterday's vote:
By the way, you will even find a picture of my husband and me on the above Centre for Jewish Studies site.
Funny, neither of us has horns, do we?
Hilariously, Les wouldn't be banned (yet), but I would! Talk about idiocy in Britain today.
And one of the most hilarious parts of the UCU statement was apparently that voting to boycott Israel is not antisemitic.
David Hirsh of Engage
this means that I will probably be banned from British university campuses etc. Although, what do they do with those of dual nationality? Reminds me of the fine poem
part of the English GCESE syllabus
I wonder what is worse: being instructed not to use the word 'Israel' in schools, as was the case when I was called in as an emergency measure to teach RE at a very tough inner city school in north Manchester some seven or eight years ago (and definitely before 9/11), which instruction I cheerily ignored (I mean, what phrase do you use of those who took part in the Exodus from Egypt, exactly, 'Children of Palestine'?), or being banned from Lancaster, Liverpool and Manchester Universities, where I have taught. In fact, at Liverpool I was responsible for (sorry, guilty of) introducing the hated Zionist, fascist language to the currirulum!
And both the university and the fascist Zionist embassy were incredibly proud of me - and so they should have been - because it had been an uphill struggle, which I couldn't have managed without all the help and support of wonderful staff and students, who refused to give in to the threats.
Not to mention Cambridge, where I was a visiting lecturer for a summer, as well as being invited to have not one but two book launches there, noch!
And being shown round like a VIP when I stayed there just two months ago, in March.
No, voting to criticize or boycott Israel is not anti-semitic at all. Quite true. And neither is beating your wife oppressive. After all, she thoroughly deserves it, doesn't she? I mean, how dare she want to have career of her own and not just exist to service your needs.
This article in
is also worth reading, by the way.
As is this: