This article gives us a good idea of the level of debate at some of Britain's 'best' universities:
At the Oxford Union last week, Hezbollah-loving Norman Finkelstein (denied tenure at de Paul University, USA) was arguing the case FOR the State of Israel, and then, for some reason best known to himself, voted against his own argument, i.e. he ended up voting AGAINST the right of Israel to exist.
Then, an LSE student by the name of Emiliano Huet-Vaughn proposed the motion that Israel is an apartheid state, worthy of divesting from and boycotting.
At Oxford the vote for Israel's right to exist was carried by 100 and at LSE the anti-Israel motion was defeated by just 7 votes.
This reminds me terribly of Manchester 2000. 9/11 had not yet happened, but this didn't prevent students and extreme Muslim groups from calling for the banning of the university's Jewish Society and manhandling Jewish students (this sort of thing got far far worse after 9/11).
One of these Jewish students arrived late for my class in Jewish history, which happened to be, just by chance, on the Balfour Declaration and the positive reaction to it in the Arab World. It was one of 20 lectures on Jewish history spanning the time of the 2nd Temple up until the present day:
As the student entered the class, exhausted and bleary-eyed from his night on the stands, one of the Catholic students said to me:
'How can you carry on teaching so objectively, when a war is being fought outside - against your own co-religionists?'
This was a seminal moment and she was right. Up until then, it appears that many had not even realised I was Jewish. But I hadn't realised quite how many students in the class were themselves Jewish, so quiet and polite were they. Definitely not the norm!
Later, I was told that my session on Balfour and the Arab reaction had been used in the student debate and had just swung it (with support from the Hindu Society and various non-affiliated members) in favour of retaining the Jewish Society, for another year at least.
But how long can this go on, when honour is given to the Pappes and Finkelsteins of this world, whilst most stand idly by and do nothing?
Food for thought on Britain's seventh Holocaust Memorial Day!