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March 2, 2017 8:49 am

‘Zionism Is a Racist Political Ideology,’ Says UK Professor Who Chaired Anti-Israel Event

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A UK professor who moderated a panel that kicked off “Israeli Apartheid Week” at University College London (UCL) this week told The Algemeiner why he considers Zionism a “racist ideology.”

Dr. Saladin Meckled-Garcia, director of UCL’s Institute for Human Rights, explained that Jewish statism “puts nationalism of a particular group above the basic human rights of others. I do not believe anyone has a right to do that.”

“I have never challenged the right of the state of Israel to exist, and hope that one day it lives up to the ideal of being a democratic state that upholds the human rights and equality of all its citizens,” he added.

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Meckled-Garcia also said that he opened the UCL IAW program — titled “Apartheid: Stories From The Ground,” and hosted by the school’s Friends of Palestine Society — with comments critical of the British government’s recently adopted definition of antisemitism, and “accompanying examples of what constitutes [it].” He has expressed this view publicly, he added, such as when he recently signed his name to a letter, together with 243 other UK academics, stating the definition — which includes demonization and delegitimization of Israel — silenced free speech.

UCL Jewish Society president Joshua Gross called Meckled-Garcia’s suggestion that Israel is not a democracy and does not strive to uphold human rights “a vacant charge.”

“Anyone with an objective view need only take a quick glance at the state of Israel and they can see it is a bastion of democracy in a region bereft of such,” Gross said. “Israel is a state that endeavors to protect the equality and fundamental human rights of all its citizens.”

The Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA) told The Algemeiner that Monday’s program — which was organized by a student currently under investigation for antisemitism and included a panelist who reportedly shared a video alleging Jews control society’s power structures — is an example of how “UCL has failed its Jewish students again.”

A UCL spokesperson insisted, “IAW is a student society initiative; it is not the university’s. They have a code of practice on what is permissible and what is not, but basically it will be free speech within the law. But again it is not ‘our’ event as a university.”

Last year, UCL was the scene of an extreme protest of an Israel-related event, in which Jewish students were forced to barricade themselves in a lecture hall and wait for a police escort to bring them safely out of a building filled with demonstrators, The Algemeiner reported. UCL recently concluded an investigation into the incident, determining that some protesters had been violent and chanted slogans that “could be considered antisemitic.”

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  • Mike AU

    Dr. Saladin explanation is absolute rubbish.
    He would have a case if only Jews lived in Israel
    and could get employment, vote, practice their
    faith. That is not the case, Israel is not an aparth-
    eid state ! Israel is a democracy !
    Has Dr. Saladin ever heard of Nth Korea, Syria,
    Iran ? How’s their human rights record ?

  • tewks

    why was my comment rejected?

  • Shein Ariely

    Pls read the facts. Have the courage to review your position.
    I am aware that it is extremely difficult to open my enemy eyes and hard for coexistence- but I never give up

    1: Ahmad Al-Sarraf, of Kuwaiti daily Al-Qabas, wrote on Israel

    As for Israel, many [of us] view it as a political-religious foe, as opposed to a cultural danger, and this is a serious mistake. Even though our conflict with it has never ceased, we have remained ignorant regarding everything it represents, and for 70 years we have lacked, and continue to lack, all knowledge about it, and have learned nothing from it.

    -“Since its founding, Israel has been committed to democracy, while we refuse to even speak of it [i.e. democracy], let alone adopt it…

    –“Israel has given its minorities rights that most citizens in most Arab countries do not even dream of. Furthermore, the freedom of worship there exceeds that in any Arab or Islamic country.

    –“Israel has focused its attention on science, spending large sums on research, while we are still focused on whether drinking camel urine or using it medicinally is actually helpful.

    — “Israel has known law and order since its first day, while we still try to comprehend the meaning of both these words. Two of [Israel’s] senior leaders went to prison for corruption, while we still argue over how to convict the master thieves in our midst.

    — “Israel has developed its technologies and developed its agriculture, industry, and military, becoming an advanced and respected country, while we currently occupy the bottom slot in every field.

    –“Israel has managed to get its companies traded on the international stock market, while we consider liquidating our assets after nearing bankruptcy.
    ============

    2: Dr. Hamid the Chair for the Study of Islamic Radicalism at the Potomac Institute and formerly a member of the radical terrorist group Al-Gama’a Al-Islamiyya group in Egypt said:

    “You have one million Arabs living in Israel with the Jews, and they are not suffering like the Arabs who are actually controlled by Arabs elsewhere in the region””

    3: Article by Fred Maroun.

    –“Why do the overwhelming majority of Israelis respond to hate with love? I believe that Judaism teaches love because love is effective while hate is not.”

    –The international media doesn’t mention that the first contact many Arab migrants have on reaching European shores is with Israelis doctors who treat them for hypothermia, dehydration, wounds, illnesses and trauma.

    — And we must publicize the rescue by Israelis Syrian and Iraqi migrants whose boat capsized overnight near the Greek island of Kastellorizo.-
    — Israel sends medicine to Greece for Syrian, Afghan refugees.

    —- Israel is by far the most democratic and human rights friendly society in the Middle East, and in fact it rivals the best in the world

    —even during war, Israel goes to great lengths to prevent civilian casualties, and even during war, Israel provides medical care, humanitarian aid, electricity, and water to those who claim to be its enemies.
    ================

    4: :**Arabs are representing Israel in all ages of the national football teams.
    ***Arab Professor Hossam Haick runs in Israel Technion University a nano technology course that received high marks worldwide.
    **Arab Nissren Kader won first place on one of Israel’s most successfulIsrael popular television show.
    *** Arab New Generation in Nazareth is thriving with 20 high tech startup
    companies in providing Arab entrepreneurs with a platform to turn their ideas/
    **Arabs in Israel have more opportunities than in any other country in the Muslim world.
    —20 percent of students at Israel’s Technion a globally recognized university. With 3
    Nobel Laureates and 4 Nobel Laureates associated with the university.
    A parallel doesn’t exist in Muslim countries .
    —100 Arabs graduated from Technion’s NAM (Outstanding Arab Youth) program
    embarked on successful careers in hi-tech and engineering.
    —The Chairman of “Druze for Israel” Mendi Safadi explains, Arabs, Christians, Druze and Jews are all equal in Israel. Mendi was born in the Golan Heights on the border with Syria and highlights Israel’s humanitarian aid to the beleaguered civilians of Israel’s neighbor.
    ==============

    5: Al-Jazeera about IDF.
    “”why the Syrian army,Hezbollah and other Islamic military groups cannot be more humane like the Israeli.
    =========

    6: Khaled Abu Toameh – an Arab Israeli journalist said:

    ‘’The real apartheid is in Lebanon, where there is a law that bans Palestinians from working in over 50 professions.
    =========

    7: Alger- Abdel bioud, wrights:

    -If you’re a citizen in Israel, your basic freedoms are respected.
    — You can live peacefully, raise a family, and send your kids to competitive and globally recognized universities.
    — This simple basic respect for human dignity put them light-years ahead of any Arab state.
    –As a human being who seeks to improve himself, Israel is a logical choice. It is the only place in the Middle East where your potential can be fully expressed.
    –Based on the values it stands for and the principles that it was founded on, Israel is a force of good for that region and for the world.
    ================

    8: Khaled Abu Toameh (خالد أبو طعمة‎)- Arab Israeli journalist wrote:

    “If Israel were an apartheid state, if, for example, would not be allowed to work for a Jewish newspaper or live in a Jewish neighborhood and own a home.
    -Supreme judge George Karra (an Israeli Arab judge) would not be allowed to send president katsav to jail.

    -The real apartheid is in Lebanon, where there is a law that bans Palestinians from working in over 50 professions.
    Can you imagine if the Knesset passed a law banning Arabsfrom working in even one profession???
    -The real apartheid is also in many Arab and Muslim nations, like Kuwait, where my Palestinian uncle, who has been living there for 35 years is banned from buying a house or Saudi Arabia where no other religion but Islam is permitted
    ——
    The law of Israel DOES NOT DISTINGUISH between a Jew and an Arab.”

    9: An Arab professor published recently differences between Arab countries and Israel – of course not in an Arab/Iranian where he would be on best cased jailed.

    ———— Arabs countries: ———–
    -Use force to maintain power and keep d humans living in fear.
    -Indoctrinate people with four things:
    *The ruling are great (à la Kim Jung Il).
    *Their country is the greatest.
    *The Palestinian cause is something that is part of their identity.
    *Force feed them Islam so it can be used as a tool to control

    ———-Israel:————-
    *If you’re a citizen there, your basic freedoms are respected.
    * You can live peacefully, raise a family, and send your kids to competitive and globally recognized universities.
    * This simple basic respect for human dignity put them light-years ahead of any Arab state.
    *As a human being who seeks to improve himself, Israel is a logical choice. It is the only place in the Middle East where your potential can be fully expressed.
    *Based on the values it stands for and the principles that it was founded on, Israel is a force of good for that region and for the world.

    10: Ms Kenneth Me shoe is a black South African Parliament member that experienced the Apartheid life and was exposed to the life in Israel said:

    -” If the SA Africans would have same rights as the Arabs in Israel that would not be anti-apartheid movement “

  • Shein Ariely

    You should know that:
    –Israel is ranked number 29 in Wikipedia Democracy index/
    –The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Democracy index
    Israel gets 7.85 points.
    Higher that half of EU states ,all the 57 Muslim and South America countries.

    Ask yourself how countries react to long term existential treats and terrorism and still keeping human rights?
    Only one country worldwide is phasing on daily basis existential treats for the last 70 years- and this is Israel.
    Compare EuroArabia and Israel
    Since 2001 Islamist killed 717 European.
    In Israel since 2001 1245 people have been killed.
    Numbers relative to population:
    EuroArabia= 510 million people
    Israel= 8million people
    Normalized to Israeli ratio EuroArabia killings would be 45708 people.

    Imagine haw EuroArabia would react to 45.708 people killed by Islamists.
    —–
    Conclusion:
    -Israel values are unmatched worldwide!
    In EuroArabia marshal law is enforced, extremist parties are on the rise- only in Germany 10 daily anti-Muslims attacks.
    Nothing like this is in Israel
    The HRO and anti-Israelis are laying and spreading false information trying to delegitimize Israel existence

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