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Anti-Semitism, Israel & BDS (summaries of 2 articles by Daily Alert, with links)

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Feb. 22, 2017

  • Israel Does Not Cause Anti-Semitism – Alan M. Dershowitz
    The view that it is Israel that is causing anti-Semitism is simply wrong. Anyone who hates Jews because they disagree with the policy of Israel would be ready to hate Jews on the basis of any pretext.
    Has there been growing anti-Chinese feelings around the world as the result of China’s occupation of Tibet? Is there growing hatred of Americans of Turkish background because of Turkey’s unwillingness to end the conflict in Cyprus? Do Europeans of Russian background suffer bigotry because of Russia’s invasion of Crimea? The answer to all these questions is a resounding no. If Jews are the only group that suffers because of controversial policies by Israel, then the onus lies on the anti-Semites rather than on the nation state of the Jewish people. (Gatestone Institute)

Citing Anti-Semitism, UK University Cancels Israel Apartheid Week Event – Rosa Doherty (Jewish Chronicle-UK)
The University of Central Lancashire has cancelled a panel discussion looking at the boycott of Israel as part of “Israel Apartheid Week” activity on its campus.
A spokesperson for the university said, “We believe the proposed talk contravenes the new definition [of anti-Semitism adopted by the government] and furthermore breaches university protocols for such events, where we require assurances of a balanced view or a panel of speakers representing all interests.”
“In this instance our procedures determined that the proposed event would not be lawful and therefore it will not proceed as planned.”

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