Defend Academic Freedom – Defend David Miller – Defend the right to speak out on PALESTINE and ISRAEL
What was David’s crime? Calling for an End to Zionism an Ideology of Racial Supremacy & Apartheid
The Union of Jewish Students, in conjunction with the far-Right Campaign Against Anti-Semitism, has been running a campaign targeting anti-Zionist academics at a number of universities. To date we know of academics under threat at Bristol, Sussex, Edinburgh, Leeds and Warwick Universities. There may be more.
At Bristol University in February 2017, the CAA waged a similar campaign, this time against Rachel Gould, who is Jewish herself, because of an article she had written in 2011 'Beyond Antisemitism'. The article dealt with how the memory of the Holocaust is used to deflect support for the Palestinians and how groups like the CAA are very much adept at doing just this.
The misnamed Campaign Against Antisemitsm launched a similar campaign to that against David Miller against Rachel Gould
Once again there was a similar hue and cry. Gould argued that it was time to "stop privileging the Holocaust", arguing that the memory of the Nazi genocide was susceptible to "manipulation" by politicians.
Immediately Sir Eric Pickles, as he was then, (later Lord Pickles, President of Conservative Friends of Israel) claimed that Rachel Gould's article was "one of the worst cases of Holocaust denial". Michael Ribbeck in the Bristol Post described this as
'quite frankly ridiculous and inflammatory. Perhaps Sir Eric should read up on the discredited historian David Irving before he starts throwing around accusations and trite soundbites.'
Soon after Rachel Gould left Bristol for Birmingham University.
David Miller may have been singled out in publicity but this has been a nationwide campaign. To their shame, the Socialist Campaign Group of MPs have been conspicuous by their silence, Corbyn included. Some traitorous Labour MPs like Andrew Gwynne have added their signatories alongside a roll call of racist Tories and Ulster Unionists.
Even more shameful Caroline Lucas, the sole Green MP, who has previously called herself an anti-racist, signed an Open Letter calling on the Vice-Chancellor of Bristol University, Professor Hugh Brady, to dismiss David Miller at the behest of Israel’s Apartheid Lobby. Ctd....