The national executive committee of my union is once again gearing up to boycott Israelis (and only Israelis) from UK campuses. Here, together with David Hirsh's typically astute fisking. At the forefront, once again, is Tom Hickey of the Socialist Workers' Party, who has in the past spoken in front of a reading list which includes the works of Holocaust Denier Roger Garaudy. You think I believe him when he says he's not motivated by antisemitism?
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
This blog will now be resting until April. I'm off to Israel next week (my first trip - can't wait), where among other things I'll be checking out the Voice in the Wilderness Congregation in Jerusalem.
This year, Good Friday and Purim fall on the same day (21 March). As you remember God's wonderful plan of rescue, remember to pray that the Jewish people, as a nation, will yet "look upon... him whom they have pierced", "mourn for him, as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps over a firstborn," and yet embrace the fountain that cleanses from sin and uncleanness.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
David Hirsh quite properly identifies Rev Sizer's use of an antisemitic motif here: "People that stand against the hatred of Israel have a right to organise politically without being de-legitimised in the language of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, as 'the people in the shadows'."
On the other hand, Rev Sizer is, it seems, warmly admired by a range of neo-Nazis and white supremacists, here.