Fellow Travellers

We recently witnessed the administrators of the London School of Economics with their hands deep in the pockets of Gaddafi, a dictator who has never been anything other a mass-murdering sociopath. Why should the cream of Europe’s intellectuals eagerly associate with people like the Gaddafi crime family?

That the LSE administration sold itself to Gaddafi is indisputable. Watch the beginning of this video, especially Alia Brahimi, research fellow at LSE’s Gaddafi-funded Global Governance Centre, as she introduces Gaddafi to her students by reading a flattering welcome message from Howard Davies then director of LSE.

Cozying up to Middle East despots who openly oppress their subjects has to have a reason. What occurred at LSE went beyond simple greed; it was part of a mindset which condemns Jews under the guise of anti-Zionism.

At the LSE condemnation of Israel, accompanied by calls for economic sanctions and educational boycotts, remains a constant refrain. Israel may be the only state in the region with academic freedom, yet half the management group of LSE’s Middle East Centre wish to boycott it.

The Middle East Centre was paid for by the Emirates Foundation for Philanthropy and the Aman Trust. In return for a donation of £2.5 m the LSE named a lecture theatre after the late ruler of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Sheikh Zayed’s name also adorns an Emirates-based institution that promotes Holocaust denial and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. When this was pointed out to Harvard University they had the decency to return a similar donation. Not so the LSE.

The root cause of the demand Israel be held to a higher standard than any other nation could not be clearer. Guilt.

There is justifiable guilt over the Holocaust. The most monstrous crime in recorded history occurred in the heart of civilised Europe, human beings were enslaved and forced into gas chambers where they were slaughtered in their millions. Words cannot express the evil of this memory which haunts Europe.

In order to exonerate ourselves we desperately need something to be wrong with our victims. Yet, for the Holocaust there is no exoneration.

It’s not just the certifiable like Mel Gibson and Charlie Sheen or the delusional like Julian Assange and John Galliano. Anti-Semitism has a stronghold amongst progressives, especially intellectuals. Lost in a delusional world of political correctness they have forfeited the ability to think critically. In their post-modern world facts are annoying irrelevances which threaten their  weltanschauung.

High minded claims that their stance is anti-Zionist rather than anti-Semitic sound hollow when we consider the actions they reason away. Last Friday night, twelve-year old Tamar Fogel came home to find both her parents, Ruth and Udi Fogel, two brothers Yoav (11) and Elad (four), and her three-month old sister Hadas dead in their beds. They had had their throats cut and been stabbed through the heart. But then they were ‘settlers’ on ‘occupied territory.’

There was no dedicated reportage of the murders on the BBC website. It warranted a few lines in a piece on settlements. The BBC did, however, report that the attack “has shocked many Palestinians”. What the BBC failed to mention was that Hamas described the attack as a “heroic operation” while sweets were handed out in Gaza in celebration.

It is difficult to hate to the point of  deliberately attempting to decapitate a baby. It is difficult to imagine crowds in the streets of a city celebrating the murder.

Just as difficult to comprehend is a mob of 200 gathering around a television reporter in the midst of a crowded city square and beating and raping her to shouts of “Jew, Jew, Jew.” Which happened to CBS reporter Lara Logan in freedom loving Tahrir Square in Cairo.

To participate in such events it is necessary to dehumanise your enemy, even the babies. This has to be taught.

The only parallel is what happened in Europe when another group arose and gained power. This included the universities where many lecturers were sympathisers with or members of the Nazi party. Part of their platform was the dehumanisation of Jews. To significant parts of the Muslim world the word ‘Jew’ means the same as it did to the Nazis, someone less than fully human.

The Fogel attack come only days after the Al Amari Palestinian youth centre on the West Bank announced a football competition named after Wafa Idris the first female Palestinian suicide bomber. A volunteer with the Palestinian Red Crescent, she entered Jerusalem in a Palestinian ambulance and exploded a bomb killing an 81-year-old man and injuring over 100 other Israelis. There is also a summer youth camp funded by UNICEF named after her. The message comes across clear in many forms, it is a praiseworthy action to murder Jews.

Many amongst Britain’s elite institutions have, wittingly or unwittingly, become fellow travellers with people who would be at home in the Nazi party. But it’s anti-Zionism not anti-Semitism, so that’s all right. Baroness Warsi should note that this is the prejudice which is passes ‘the dinner-table test.’

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About Campbell

Now retired but once upon a time a parish minister in Glasgow, before that the South West and initially the Black Isle. Been a prison chaplain and lecturer. Still am constantly bemused by the weird world around me.
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