The ‘hate fest’ of the year coming to a university near you!!

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.”

Human Rights

What is the British Academy?

According to Wikipedia here:

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:

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  1. So why can’t we do anything to stop this? As usual Jews just stand by, “keeping a low profile”? Where are the representatives of our community????

  2. The blogger seems to accept the validity of the term, “the occupied Palestinian territories.”
    She used it without quotation marks.
    The term is utterly inapplicable, incorrect and slanders Israel. It’s used as a weapon and has as much legitimacy as that of chemical weapons.

    It’s “Judea and Samaria”.

    The Australian troops who served there in the world wars used it. Why can’t some Jews?
    If they are “occupied Palestinian territories”, then Hanan Ashrawi’s boyfriend, Bob, must be right.
    Stop aiding enemy propaganda inadvertently. Words and facts do matter.

    • thank you Okey for keeping us honest … you are SO right!!

    • They use language as a weapon, obviously.

      Is it “occupied Palestinian territories”?

      Or is it the “West Bank”?

      Or is it “Judea and Samaria”?

      One thing that we know for sure is that for at least 3,500 years that area was known as Judea and Samaria because it was, and is, historically Jewish land.

      The term “West Bank” was invented by the Jordanians in order to erase Jewish history on the land that they swiped in 1948.

      “Occupied Palestinian territories” is newer, yet, probably dating from no earlier than the late 1960s.

      I think that I’ll stick with Judea and Samaria because as a Jewish person I have respect for our own history, but this does not mean that I am opposed to a two-state solution.

      I am not opposed.

      • Michael, I’m a bit hazy about the history of this deceit, but didn’t the Arabs only adopt the term ‘Palestinians’ in 1964, in a false claim to be the indigenous people of the region? Jordan illegally occupied Judea and Samaria until1967, and the ‘Palis’ didn’t claim to be under occuption then. It was only when Israel liberated the territory from the Jordanian occupation that they suddenly said the liberators were the occupiers.

        Presumably the Jordanians renamed it the West Bank because Judea and Samaria sounds too Jewish – which it is!

        There is so much historical revisionism going on, with Western liberals eagerly taking up the false narrative, that it’s hard to see through the fog of deception.

        • Mike you are very mixed up here.

          The term “Occupied Palestinian territories” started after the Oslo Accords in 1993.

          Under the Oslo Accords Israel has full control of Area C, it is under Israeli security and civil control pending a final settlement and Israeli companies are free to open businesses there. 360,000 Israelis and 48,000 Arabs live there

          It has partial control of Area B. I don’t know the population figures though I believe it’s a pretty even balance.

          The PA is pretty much in control of Area A, where the bulk of the Arab population is, close to 2 million. There are no Jews there.Though I recall reading somewhere recently that some people from the ‘loony left’ live there.

          The term “West Bank” was invented by the Jordanians in order to differentiate it from Jordan proper, in 1948. Nobody has actually legally occupied that piece of land as it officially never belonged to anyone, the Arabs never agreed on Partition.That’s why it cannot be called ‘occupied’ the way the leftists use the word

          In 1964, when the Soviet disinformation masters wrote the PLO Charter, they used the word Palestinian in the preamble. That’s where th word came into being.

          The word ‘Palestinian’ came into common usage on June 4th 1967. Walid Shoebat said he went to bed as a Jordanian and woke up as a Palestinian.

          He also said.

          “We did not particularly mind Jordanian rule. The teaching of the destruction of Israel was a definite part of the curriculum, but we considered ourselves Jordanian until the Jews returned to Jerusalem. Then all of the sudden we were Palestinians – they removed the star from the Jordanian flag and all at once we had a Palestinian flag”.

          We are the idiots as put the terms ‘West Bank’, ‘Palestinians’ and ‘Palestine’ into common usage.That’s why we must refer to the original names of Judaea and Samaria. The inhabitants being Arabs/Palestinian Arabs. Even though we may be a bit too late.

    • “The blogger seems to accept the validity of the term, “the occupied Palestinian territories.”

      I have now put the paragraph inverted commas.

      However the term ‘ ‘Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories’ was

      ALWAYS in ‘single quotation marks’

      They are the words of the advertisers

      • It is an outrage against the Enlightenment that Sydney University is home to the anti-intellectual, anti-academic entity known ( facetiously), as The Centre for Peace and Reconciliation Studies.
        The Vice-Chancellor makes the lame excuse that a university is a place for exchange of ideas, diversity etc etc – all the cliches, but his Centre tolerates NO DIVERSITY and NO IDEAS OTHER THAN ITS INSTITUTIONAL ANTISEMITISM.
        It is a totalitarian, stalinist outfit, funded no doubt by the taxpayers.

  3. It seems that our universities have moved away from their function of education and are now engaged in propaganda dissemination. No wonder that the more highly educated people are today, the more out of touch with reality they become. Academia has become a dirty word.

    If the British Academy aim was genuinely “encouraging debate and understanding” why then don’t they include speakers for the other side? I bet any wishing to challenge the invited speakers would soon be shouted down.

  4. Here’s a NEWS FLASH from a friend, referring to yesterday, Thursday

    “I went to hear Vivienne Porzsolt today at Parliament House – talk hosted by by the new MP Mehreen Faruqi and the Parliamentary Friends of Palestine.

    There were only 20 people there, including me and the three hosts. The 16 others were mostly over 65, but there was one young Kurdish woman who challenged Vivienne as to why she wasn’t concerned with the oppression of the Kurds.

    You may also be interested to hear that the pro-BDS rally at University of Sydney yesterday attracted only 35 people.”

    • Thank you Shirlee great news re the paltry turnup to hear VP at parliament house. I don’t know why she highnotes herself so much .. no-one in their right mind would be interested in what she has to say .. and I’m so pleased to hear about the Kurdish woman’s response .. right on! It’s about time someone enlightened VP that there are many other oppressed ppl in the world, not just her precious pallies.

  5. “Human Rights in Palestine”, eh?
    I suppose it would be too much to expect that they will, under that heading, also be examining human rights in Gaza and in the areas administered by the so-called “Palestinian Authority” – with particular emphasis on the rights of women, gays, Christians etc.