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February 16, 2016 1:28 pm

Oxford Student Resigns From Labour Club Over Colleagues’ Antisemitism, Endorsement of Israel Apartheid Week

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Oxford University. Photo: Remi Mathis.

Oxford University. Photo: Remi Mathis.

The co-chair of the Oxford University Labour Club announced on Facebook on Monday that he was resigning over both rampant antisemitism and the group’s endorsement of Israel Apartheid Week on campus.

“The club I had invested an extraordinary amount of time, energy, and emotion in during my first two terms at Oxford, which had given me a network of close friends, was becoming increasingly riven by factional splits, and despite its avowed committment [sic] to liberation, the attitudes of certain members of the club towards certain disadvantaged groups was becoming posionous [sic],” wrote Alex Chalmers on his personal Facebook page.

“Whether it be members of the Executive throwing around the term ‘Zio’ (a term for Jews usually confined to websites run by the Ku Klux Klan) with casual abandon, senior members of the club expressing their ‘solidarity’ with Hamas and explitictly [sic] defending their tactics of indiscriminately murdering civilians, or a former Co-Chair claiming that ‘most accusations of antisemitism are just the Zionists crying wolf’, a large proportion of both OULC and the student left in Oxford more generally have some kind of problem with Jews,” he wrote. “The decision of the club to endorse a movement with a history of targetting [sic] and harassing Jewish students and inviting antisemitic speakers to campuses, despite the concerns of Jewish students, illustrates how uneven and insincere much of the active membership is when it comes to liberation.”

“I had hoped during my tenure as Co-Chair to move the club away from some of its more intolerant tendencies: sadly, it only continued to move away from me, to a place I could no longer hope to retrieve it from,” he said.

The 12th annual Israel Apartheid Week is scheduled to kick off across UK campuses on February 22. According to its website, the program said it was: “Inspired by the ongoing popular resistance across historic Palestine.” Hundreds of random terrorist attacks have been carried out against Israeli civilians and security personnel over the last five months in what many Palestinian activists call the “Al-Quds Intifada” because it was launched in part because of rumors Israel sought to change the status quo at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

Outside the UK, events will be held across campuses in the US, Canada, western and northern European countries, South Africa, countries in the Middle East and the Palestinian territories.

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  • stevenl

    Labour = socialism = antisemitism = Racism.
    Ignorance is bliss and can be fatal.

  • Isaac Brajtman

    should read don’t understand

  • Isaac Brajtman

    University students seem to have learnt the Goebels method of twisting the truth.
    Sadly they understand what they are doing
    And these are the future leaders !!

  • Adele Winston

    After life-long commitment to the Labour Party I have been forced out of the local Barnet association by a vocal anti-Semitic woman to whom they took no objection. Jeremy Corbyn has a lot to answer for.

  • Judith Levine

    Thank you Alex Chalmers. This Zionist who both loves and supports Israel, and who has many friends and relatives there appreciates you taking a stand against anti-Semitism and hatred. It is ironic that these groups are celebrating historic Palestine without any knowledge of its history. They seem to think it was a state when in fact it was a Roman territory, a territory of the Ottoman Empire they called Mesopotamia , and then The British Mandate for Palestine between 1922 and 1948. The name Palestine was given by the Romans hoping the Jews would forget about their conquered kingdom.

  • Lammie

    “Inspired by the ongoing popular resistance across historic Palestine.” This sentence says it all. Every educated person knows that H”historic Palestine is where the Jews arrived after their exodus from Egypt thousands of years ago, before anyone heard of Arabs or Muslims. Palestine was the name given to the Land of Israel by the Romans. There is not a single reference to a “Palestinian Nation” anywhere before the State of Israel was declared. The State of Israel was declared, (legally, according to the United Nations Partition Plan which the Jews accepted and the Arabs did not). The term “Palestinian” applied to Jews and Arabs when the Turks and the Brits were in charge. Only after the six day was in 1967 did it become accepted to call the local Arabs Palestinian. The Arabs themselves considered that they were from South Syria and a lot arrived from Egypt and Lebanon and other Arab States in the early 1990’s to find work as the Jews were busy farming and building and could give them jobs which were unavailable to them in the surrounding Arab countries. The Palestinian Nation is a myth.

  • The UK has been rife with Antisemitism since time immemorial.

    Good decision to resign.

    Jews in the UK should wake up before it is too late.

    Leave while you still can.

    You are always welcome back home in the Holy Land.

  • Peter Joffe

    So many so called enlightened students at Oxford are showing their ignorance and support for radical Islam by what they do.These students are supposed to be for free speech and free expression but when it comes to Jews or Israel they spill out pure Islamic hatred. They do not even know what Apartheid means? Shame on you all. The blood of Jews is on your hands as you spread hatred for good people as you support terrorists. General Eisenhower was right that sometime in the future people such as these ‘students’will try to make another holocaust happen again.Please wear a crescent moon on your sleeves to show the world what you really are.

  • Myron Slater

    Antisemitism in the university’s in this country are rampant, are there no students with a brain among them? They are supposed to have inquiring minds.

  • Fred

    Labor in the UK has become akin to the NAZI student movements of the NAZI era in Germany. Same record different label.

  • Anthony Dayton

    Good on you, Alex Chalmers. Meanwhile, the Magna Carta is on its way to the dustbin, helped along by the best and brightest of England who are ensuring that English history extends from King John to Jihadi John.

  • Esther Kaplan

    Choosing a college or university to guide our young Jewish
    students toward is increasingly dicey.