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January 22, 2017 8:22 am

Panelist at Anti-Israel UK University Seminar Applauded for Accusing Jewish Students of Being ‘Propaganda Machine’ Operatives

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Queen Mary University of London campus. Photo: QMUL.

Queen Mary University of London campus. Photo: QMUL.

An academic participating in a seminar on Thursday at a British university accused Jewish students of being operatives of an “Israeli Propaganda Machine,” UK blogger David Collier reported.

Prof. Moshé Machover, an Israeli-born mathematician and philosopher known for his radical activism and founding of the socialist party Matzpen — who moved to the UK in 1968 — made this assertion and others at the Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) event, titled: “Right to Boycott: Should Queen Mary Endorse a Boycott on Israel?”

The seminar was hosted by the QMUL Friends of Palestine Society and sponsored by the British NGO Friends of Al Aqsa, which openly supports terror group Hamas.

Challenged by a “visibly Jewish student” about the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, Machover asserted that the student’s question was one that the “Israeli propaganda machine actually breeds its representatives to ask.”

“I know what briefing you get. I have been in this game before you were born, and I know what briefing you get. You always use the same formulations because you are singing from the same sheet of briefing,” Machover said.

“Long experience… leads me because I know what Shai Masot is up to,” he went on, referring to the Israeli Embassy official in London who was forced to resign from the Foreign Ministry after being caught on camera by Al Jazeera talking about “taking down” anti-Israel MPs.

In a video of the exchange posted by Collier, Machover’s comments are welcomed by audience applause. Off camera, a female student is heard protesting, “How dare you say that? We are students.” However, Collier said, any attempt by Jewish students to rebut Machover was met by organizers telling them to “let him speak.”

The event at QMUL came a month after Baroness Ruth Deech — a crossbench peer in the House of Lords who served as the first Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education — said that top British universities are becoming “no-go zones” for Jewish students, due to rising antisemitism on campus.

On Thursday, the head of the Jewish Society at the School of Oriental and African Studies told The Algemeiner that he will be submitting an emergency motion aimed at protecting his peers — “scared” to be recognized as Jews — from just this kind of atmosphere.

Watch a video of the QMUL panel exchange below:

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  • herbcaen

    I thought the building was where the Wannsee conference was held. It looks like the mansion on Wannsee

  • Tartifiols

    For a fascist everything is a conspiracy. These guys are so endoctrinated that they do not believe that people are able to think on their own.

  • Joseph Feld

    SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies ) has long been associated with anti-Semitism. I don’t have the figures but I suspect SOAS gets financial support from Islamic countries and foundations. Many UK universities get such financial support, which makes it more complicated. Years back a study was done of top US research universities with Middle East Studies departments. Only two — Johns Hopkins and Princeton — did not receive money from Islamic states or foundations. This in turn can influence who gets appointed and what gets published. In olden times Jews were lauded for embracing Christianity. Today mediocre Jewish academics win fame by being ‘anti-Jewish’. When Professor Finklestein took part in a debate in Oxford he came across to me at least as less intelligent that the Oxford students who spoke for or against Israel.

  • SteveC1

    Moshé Machover is no “professor.” He and his employer should be hounded legally, financially, socially and publicly until he either resigns his postition at the institution or – preferably – is FIRED.

  • SAWolf

    Writing is on the wall. Get organized, train, in hand to hand and firearms, legal or not. Jewish Blood must never flow cheaply again.

  • MelissaG

    we Jews need to get over other minorities spitting at us in the face, and accept our place in the national majorities of US, Canada, UK, etc. and stop paying lip service to liberal identity politics!