Monday, September 10, 2007

Never again?

I found myself at Engage's inaugural North Western public meeting last night, which considered the resurgent threat of antisemitism and in particular the potential boycott of Israeli universities by my Union, the Universities and Colleges Union. One of the points which was made was that much discourse on Israel is now repeating the standard tropes of classic antisemitism.

One of the speakers, whom I found to be forceful and articulate, expressed the pessimistic view that the Arab-Israeli conflict is likely to get worse rather than better, and that pressure on Jews worldwide will rise even more. I hope for all our sakes that he's wrong.

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