On Wednesday 11th September and Thursday 12th September, our National University in Canberra is hosting a conference for “Human rights in Palestine”.
“This conference/hate fest is associated with a project on ‘Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories’ funded by the British Academy and the Australian National University. The British Academy has provided funding for the project with the aim of encouraging debate and understanding.”
What is the British Academy?
The British Academy is the United Kingdom’s national body for the humanities and the social sciences. Its purpose is to inspire, recognise and support excellence in the humanities and social sciences, throughout the UK and internationally, and to champion their role and value.
It receives an annual grant from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). In 2011-12 it had a gross income of £29,783,255, including £27,001,000 from BIS. £26,297,126 was distributed during the year in research grants, awards and charitable activities.
The British Academy was established in 1902 and received its Royal Charter in the same year. It is now a fellowship of more than 900 leading scholars spanning all disciplines across the humanities and social sciences. The Academy is a self-governing and independent registered charity, based at 10-11 Carlton House Terrace in London.
It’s premises would suggest it has a very good money supply.
How this conference comes to be held in this country poses a good many questions. The biggest ones which spring to mind are “Whose brainchild was this?” and “Who allowed this to happen?”
The cast of this grand production reads like the ‘who’s who’ of Israel haters.
Professor Hanan Ashrawi
PLO Executive Committee Member, Member of Palestinian Legislative Council and Head of the PLO Department of Culture and Information
We all know Dr. Hanan Ashrawi as the person awarded the 2003 Sydney Peace Prize by then NSW Premier Bob Carr.
Not a good choice it would appear.
“Eight months after the award of the 2003 Sydney Peace Prize to the Palestinian academic and human rights campaigner Hanan Ashrawi, it is still painful to revisit that event let alone write about it. Since the August 2003 announcement of the award, as Director of the Sydney Peace Foundation, I had received e mail, phone calls and letters, many hostile, most supportive. The tenor of these personal communications was reflected in letters to newspapers and by the anchor men on call back radio who invited their listeners to take sides over Dr. Ashrawi’s selection.” Here:
Amongst other things she claims:
“Israel’s new campaign to artificially equate Palestinian refugees and Jews who either immigrated or fled to Israel from Arab states relies on a forced and false analogy. Zionist ideology contradicts the notion that these Israeli Jews are refugees, and six decades of Israeli policy demonstrate Israel’s complete disregard for Palestinian refugee rights. Israel’s manipulative strategy is part of a public relations campaign that is both cynical and hypocritical.” Here:
Professor Richard Falk
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
“Richard Falk, the UN Palestine expert tasked by the Human Rights Council to investigate “Israel’s violations of the bases and principles of international law,” posts a cartoon on his blog depicting a bloodthirsty dog wearing a Jewish religious headcovering.” Here:
A man so vile that the Israeli government announced it would deny him a visa to visit Israel
I refer you here to the Daphne Anson Blog, where ‘Daphne’ has written an excellent article about the man, that I most certainly could not match, nor would I try. Here:
Professor Jeff Halper
Co-founder and Director of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD).Here
During his mandatory Israeli military service, he refused to bear arms or serve in the occupied Palestinian territories. In 1997, Halper co-founded the Israeli Committee Against Home Demolitions (ICAHD)
“A two-state solution is no longer viable, we must stop talking about it” Here:
In March 2009 whilst visiting UNNSW he said
“Israel is implementing apartheid in the occupied Palestinian territories and will never accept a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine problem, a visiting Israeli academic he told a UNSW audience.
He said South African-style apartheid already could be seen in Israel’s ‘cantonisation’ of Palestinian populations and the segregation of Arabs from Jews by construction of Israel’s security walls”
Click here for a podcast of the talk.
This page lists the entire list if Israel haters who will be presenting at the ANU. Here: