Thursday, August 20, 2015

UK: Government funds anti-Israel conference, dismisses Jewish concern

The British government is funding incitement against Jews.   And then it claims it tries to 'fight antisemitism'.

Via Jewish News:
Jewish leaders have lambasted the “pathetic” response from the Arts and Humanities Research Council as it dismissed concerns about a conference on Israel’s Bedouin and “settler colonialism”.

The funding body angered community leaders this week with its response to a letter from the Board of Deputies, sent last Monday, which highlighted the “intellectual dishonesty” of the University of Exeter event in October.

The conference – called ‘Gender and Settler Colonialism: Women’s Oral Histories in the Naqaq’ – deals with the sensitive issue of Bedouin land rights in Israel. Organisers say they will “challenge Israel’s alleged exceptionality”.

Last week Board Chief Executive Gillian Merron said: “We regard this project with deep concern as it appears to be a disingenuous attempt to politicise the Bedouin issue in the wider context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

Prof. Rick Rylance, chief executive of the AHRC, said: “I am sorry that this matter is causing concern within your organisation and the broader Jewish community.”
However, he refuted the Board’s suggestions that the conference “fails to meet the required standards of the AHRC to benefit it with financial support”.  more

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