It seems, according to today’s Sydney Morning Herald, that the University of Sydney has cleared Associate Professor Jake Lynch, who is the director of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney, of antisemitism.
However, he still has the threat of dismissal hanging over him regarding his abominable behaviour during a fracas on March 12th, in which wild, out-of-control students had to be dragged out screaming by security guards during a talk given by Retired Colonel Richard Kemp.
University staff accused vice-chancellor Michael Spence of aiding a “witch hunt” against Associate Professor Jake Lynch, who was accused of antisemitic behaviour for waving money in the face of a Jewish woman, after she allegedly kicked him in the groin.
Even though Jake Lynch has been cleared of charges of antisemitism, he has been warned he still faces dismissal, or other disciplinary action for possible breaches of the university’s code of conduct, under which staff must treat visitors “with respect, impartiality, courtesy and sensitivity”.
That I am in agreement with 100%. I also feel that I don’t think his intentions were to be antisemitic, never the less they were.
Here come the do-gooders. The NSW Council for Civil Liberties who said it was
“completely inappropriate” for the university to invoke its code of conduct “against people who are exercising their legitimate right of free speech”. “How bizarre is it that universities, which have been a hotbed of free speech for centuries, are threatening staff and students with disciplinary action for expressing themselves” .
Free speech is one thing, and had these students kept this action outside of the hall where the lecture was taking place, it would have been all well and good. But NO, they rudely and loudly interrupted an international guest speaker by bursting into the hall, which is the height of ill manners. Not only that the talk was held up by 30 minutes.
Something rather strange as occurred here too.
Why has this information only just reached the MSM when it was published in the New Matilda on the 20th some 6 days ago?
New Matilda reported:
Of course the good old Electronic Intifada had to come up with a conspiracy theory posted two days ago:
“Why won’t Sydney University admit its professor Jake Lynch has been cleared of antisemitism?”
“You’d think that this finding would be good news for the University of Sydney management. It can now come to the defense of its employee and seek to remedy the damage done to his reputation and to its own”