Another ‘Top uni targeted by antisemites’

 

Image result for University of AdelaideUnfortunately the University of Adelaide, which is an old and beautiful campus, has an ugly history when it comes to supporting the fictitious country of Palestine.  Over the last few years they have hosted the ‘who’s who’ of Israel haters. Hosting Ilan Pappe and Noam Chomsky to name a couple.

The local pro-Palestinian group holds a BDS action rally weekly in Rundle Mall, which goes unchallenged.

Adelaide is well know for the ‘fame’ brought to it by one…

 

Gerald Fredrick Töben (born 1944) who is a German-born Australian citizen and founder and former director of the Adelaide Institute. He is the author of numerous works on education, political science and history, although he became best known after being arrested for Holocaust denial. Töben claims he cannot deny that which never happened. He has served two jail sentences, one in Germany for defaming the dead and one in Australia for breaching a court order to refrain from publishing material on his website vilifying Jews. He apologised for breaching the court order.

Views on the Holocaust

Töben rejects what he calls the “official conspiracy theory” that Germans systematically exterminated European Jewry. Töben has stated that he considers the Holocaust to be a lie ostensibly perpetuated by “the Holocaust Racketeers, the corpse peddlers and the Shoah Business Merchants”;he has further asserted that “the current U.S. government is influenced by world Zionist considerations to retain the survival of the European colonial, apartheid, Zionist, racist entity of Israel.”

In 1994 he established the Adelaide Institute, which he directed until 2009. Töben and his associates at the Adelaide Institute have denied “being Holocaust deniers” in interviews conducted by Australian media, claiming they cannot deny that which never happened.

On 10 October 2000, the Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission ruled that the Adelaide Institute should remove website material the Commission considered racial hate speech. On 17 September 2002, the Federal Court of Australia affirmed on appeal the application of Australian anti-racial hatred laws against speech on Töben’s website. It did not, however, force Töben to apologise. The ruling in Toben v Jones (2003) 129 FCR 515, was one of the first applications of Australian anti-racial hatred laws to speech against religious groups. More here at Wikipedia:

You will find a good account here of Adelaide University : Jews Down Under

 

This from the Australian behind a pay wall.

ANTISEMITISM has raised its head at another of the country’s most prestigious tertiary institutions, with racist graffiti appearing at the University of Adelaide.

A campus sign was vandalised with a crudely drawn Star of David containing the number “666” and the words “No Jew world order”.

The graffiti has since been removed by university authorities.

The incident follows a 2011 episode in which more than 20 textbooks on Israeli law in the university library were defaced with anti-Jewish and anti-Israeli slogans.

Jacqueline Cohen, the small regions chairwoman of the Australasian Union of Jewish Students and a recent Adelaide University graduate, said there had been “ongoing cases of Jewish students feeling intimidated and harassed” at the university.

“These incidents require a strong response from the university and student representative organisations,”

she said, claiming both had been

“lacklustre in dealing with these issues”.

“Adelaide has a small Jewish community, while the pro-Palestine group is large, active, and well funded,”

Ms Cohen said.

The president of the Jewish Community Council SA, Norman Schueler, said while activism was often part of campus life, targeting groups because of their religious affiliations was “simply not on”.

A university spokeswoman said racism or religious vilification were not tolerated on campus.

“The University of Adelaide supports a campus community where justice and individual rights are respected without prejudice,”

she said.

“Maintaining standards of civility are a fundamental part of the university . . . environment.”

Student representative council president Lucy Small-Pearce said the council executive had discussed the incident and encouraged affected students to contact the council. Media student Adam Ooi, 20, said the graffiti appeared to be the work of a “hate group”.

Julie Tran, a 21-year-old Buddhist studying law and commerce at the university, was shocked by the graffiti. Ms Tran said she had never seen such racist or bigoted expressions in her four years on campus.

“It’s a lot more friendlier and welcoming than that. Especially during O-week,”

she said.

Health science student Hargun Gill, 20, said she was disappointed by such a “childish” and cowardly attack.

“If you have a problem, then you make it known and you should say who you are so people can come and talk to you,”

Ms Gill said.

“This is just ambiguous and anonymous.

“They’re really angry with something, but this is not the way to show it. It’s not a nice message.”

She said political messages were usually confined to within individual clubs, but orientation week had seen competing ideologies spill on to the campus.

“That’s when the clubs actually come out so you know which clubs there are at uni”.

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  1. At one stage Adelaide Uni Dental School was very proud of its affiliation with Saudi Dental School. I don’t know whether they are still affiliated and am no longer in position to check.