Israel and the Palestinians (again)

This week I was particularly disgusted (though not surprised) to hear about the disgraceful, racist and anti-Semitic decision of the university lecturers’ union to pursue an ‘academic boycott’ of Israeli universities. You would think that, as supposedly intelligent and educated people university lecturers of all people could see what an insult this is to the whole idea of academic freedom and that singling out the academic institutions of Israel, run not surprisingly by Jews, whilst happily supporting and nurturing those of any number of corrupt, brutal despicable dictatorships (especially Arab and Muslim ones) is blatantly and appallingly racist. But then of course many university lecturers nowadays are in fact not very intelligent or well-educated – if they were they wouldn’t be teaching in the University of Outer Scunthorpe or whatever benighted ex-poly ‘media studies’ joke of a department they do work in. They have just about the degree of ‘intelligence’ necessary to swallow the interminable anti-Israel and anti-Jewish propaganda of The Guardian and similar media outlets and vote their union into this sort of deeply offensive, fascistic intellectual pogrom. Doesn’t it make you proud to be British! On a more positive note, I have been gratified by Hamas’ and Fatah’s recent helpful attempt to wipe each other out in the Gaza strip. If only more of this sort of enlightened behaviour amongst the glorious Palestinian ‘freedom-fighters’ could be encouraged, the whole problem might sort itself out quite efficiently. Certainly with Hamas in total control in Gaza and Hezbollah in Lebanon, the Islamists have made absolutely sure that the peace process pursued with such persistence by the democratic state of Israel has no hope of succeeding, and thus have condemned their pathetic supporters and the rest of the unfortunate Palestinians to years and decaded more of misery and suffering. Well done chaps!  


4 Responses to Israel and the Palestinians (again)

  1. chairwoman says:

    I had just enjoyed your comment in the Devil’s Kitchen, when I switched to Pickled Politics to continue discussing why Hamas should be told to go to the negotiating table with the same vigour as Israel is, and I discovered, and enjoyed, your comment on global warming.

    So I popped in to say ‘Hello’.

  2. Mark Wadsworth says:

    Here via DK as well

    Good post.

    Re academics – they are not even CONSISTENT.

    If they were to follow this boycott through consistently, they would also have to boycott other tormentors of poor oppressed Arabs and Muslims, in other words, the Great Satan USA and its indomitable and subservient ally, the UK.

    So these academics should be boycotting themselves, really.

    *that last sentence is crying out for an expletive, insert at your leisure*

  3. JH says:

    I second (or third!) that this is a good post.

  4. Geoff Key says:

    A Zionist Anarchist is a contradiction in terms, a category error. The creation and maintenance of Israel requires a well-functioning and therefore intolerant state machine that really works; though it is true that having a rich and mindless backer in America helps. You don’t fight and win wars of conquest, or suppress defeated populations on their own territory over forty-one years by rejecting authority and you need the “I was only obeying orders” defence when the war-crimes trial does start.

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