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London School of Economics Removes Blog Equating Zionism With ‘Ethnic Cleansing’

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Israeli flag in Jerusalem. Photo: IPT.

Israeli flag in Jerusalem. Photo: IPT.

The London School of Economics reportedly removed a blog post from its website by an Australian academic claiming Zionism to be an ideology based on concepts of racial superiority.

LSE decided to take the post down because it failed to comply with “editorial guidelines,” according to a statement published by the Jewish Chronicle, which reported extensively on Notre Dame University Mideast politics professor Dr. Sandra Nasr’s blog post since its publication last week.

The statement, according to the UK JC, read:

LSE has received a number of complaints regarding a recent post on the student-led Human Rights blog. The post was by a non-LSE academic and, as noted on the blog, the views expressed were by the author alone.

With all academic engagement, the School will seek to balance the concerns of research quality, academic freedom and reputation. LSE uses blogs, among other channels, to offer a platform for academic discussion on often contentious and emotive topics. The School has firm guidelines on blog posts and editorial procedure.

Regretfully, editorial guidelines were not followed in this instance. The blog post has now been taken down.

While The Algemeiner did not manage to see Nasr’s post prior to its removal, a segment was copied and pasted to the Islamic blog called “Rehmat’s World.” The paragraph described Zionism as a colonialist enterprise based on divine instruction, as derived from the Old Testament.

“Zionism, the ideological project to secure a Jewish homeland, relies upon notions of separateness, superiority and entitlement. It finds its origins in the ‘promise’ believed to have been made by God to ‘His people’ – Abraham and his descendants, the Israelites. According to this belief, they were to take the land by force, kill anyone who resisted, and take for slaves those who did not fight back (except in more distant towns which should just be cleansed). Biblical Theologian Professor Michael Prior called this ‘ethnic cleansing’, where God’s Covenant with the Israelites ‘was integrally linked with the mandate to exterminate the indigenous peoples,'” Nasr’s blog read.

The UK Board of Deputies of British Jews President Jonathan Arkush responded to the blog last Thursday, saying, “This piece is contemptible and I have written to LSE demanding its removal forthwith.”

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  • M. Manasseh

    The more we hear the nonsense written by pro-Israel apologists and Zionist propagandists the more the world is convinced that the entity you call Israel is nothing more than a high-tech nuclear theocracy made by and, for anti Semitic apartheid East European converts to the Jewish religion, who don´t care a farthing about true Jewish traditions and noble foundations.

  • Joseph Feld

    Speaking of ethnic cleansing, 20% of Israelis are Arabs, while the PA demands that every Jew be dragged out of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, the heartland of Biblical Israel. Who is calling for ethnic cleansing? ‘Exterminate the indigenous people’ ? Jews believe that Arabs descend from Abraham and Ishmael, and that G-d blessed Ishmael as the father of a great nation (Genesis 21.19). Ishmaelites are NOT indigenous Canaanites. Jewish Law recognises Islam as an iconoclastic pure monotheism, in no way connected to the primitive and immoral paganism of the Canaanites, whose idolatry was to be removed from the Holy Land (Deuteronomy 12. 2,3).

  • Sherlock Holmes

    Zionism was a theory of secular nationalism opposed by the majority of leading rabbinical scholars on the grounds that zionism sought to replace Torah and Judaism with modern secularism and nationalism. The rebirth of the Jewish national home was based on Wilsonian self-determination following the dismantling of the Ottoman Turkish Empire post-WW1. Under Ottoman Turkish rule ‘Palestine’ was known as Southern Syria. There are 24 Arab states among 50+ Muslim states. The idea of a separate Palestinian Arab nationality originated with Yasser Arafat.

  • MH8169

    I am no brainiac but after reading this article, it sounds very much like Islamic Jihadism… Clearly, this “fool” is throwing stones from a glass building. Toxin like this should be removed and I commend the London School of Economics for doing the right thing.

  • LSE SU Israel Society

    A link to the original article.