Peter Wertheim, Executive Director of the ECAJ, issued the following media statement regarding the conference for ‘Human Rights in Palestine’, which is being held at the ANU – Australian National University in Canberra.
“A conference that features fringe conspiracy theorists and ideologues and omits recognised scholars in the field has no academic credibility. It is appalling that one of our top universities, the ANU, seems no longer to understand the difference between genuine scholarship and political advocacy.”
“It is disingenuous to dedicate an academic conference to the human rights of Palestinians in a vacuum that excludes all consideration of any countervailing human rights and other considerations. The conference organisers seem unwilling to recognise that Israelis living under the constant threat of annihilation for the last 65 years are also human beings with rights.”
Yesterday on SBS – Special Broadcasting Services radio he said
“It’s a concern to us because the Australian National University is one of our top universities and any academic worth their salt will tell you there is a very clear difference between deep research and scholarship on the one hand and political advocacy and propaganda on the other and what we’re seeing here is a conference that’s in the latter category, political advocacy and propaganda masquerading as genuine academic scholarship.”