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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Fear of the BDS'ers spreads in England

The Jewish Music Institute (JMI) at the University Of London's School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) has refused to accept a donation from the Government of Israel for its Jewish Music Festival, in the hope of avoiding protests by supporters of the BDS movement. Members of JMI's Board of Trustees - who were not consulted - are appalled.
A trustee of the Jewish Music Institute has expressed his anger and frustration that the organisation turned down Israeli funding for a conference under pressure from boycotters.

David Mencer, a former director of the Labour Friends of Israel, attacked the "appalling lack of judgment and moral character in [the JMI's] distancing itself from Israel."

He said the trustees had not been consulted by JMI director Geraldine Auerbach over the decision. Mr Mencer said he believed the organization had "submitted to blackmail and given the Israel boycotters and Israel haters an unnecessary victory.

"JMI have refused to accept a donation from the representatives of the democratically elected government of the State of Israel for an event about the music of Israel.

"We have made it even more difficult for other organisations trying hard to promote UK - Israel ties by setting this precedent.

"I am sure that I am not alone in wanting to distance myself from this decision. Perhaps most importantly of all, this decision will also have mortally damaged any future attempt to fundraise from the Jewish community, thus jeopardising the future of the organisation."

Ms Auerbach said: "This was a decision we reached independently and has no bearing on any future decision we might take over funding from Israel. That will be decided depending on the circumstances."
It sounds to me like Ms. Auerbach is having a little trouble deciding which side she is supposed to be on. Perhaps a boycott of the festival by London's Jewish community will help her to decide.

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At 6:46 PM, Blogger Juniper in the Desert said...

This is a case of " there's nothing to fear but fear itself".
These Jews should get a grip: if they haven't got the guts to be proud of being Jewish and to, at the least, stand up for themselves, they MUST remove the Jewish from their title. That way they can avoid being even accused of being - Jewish! Effing dhimmi kapos!!

At 9:28 PM, Blogger Moshe Sharon said...

Another driver makes an inappropriate hand gesture on the road. A parent screams at a child. A customer verbally abuses the cashier at the supermarket. A teacher yells at his or her student. These are all expressions of anger when we lose control. Fury is a hostile missal looking for a target. The intent of rage is to inflict pain and humiliation on a specific or undefined mark amid a flurry of self-righteous indignation. Unfortunately there exists within all but the righteous, a loose cannon with a fuse of varying lengths ready to fire a barrage. The angry person has lost all reason and is on a rampage of destruction with no impulse control. So, how do we tame this inner beast? Anger, which arises from the spiritual element of fire, is a function of arrogance. Therefore, management requires humility. This, however, immediately begs the question, “How does the arrogant person who frequently explodes into a rage become humble?” The process of change is one of replacement or substituting one thing for another. Humility and pride are opposite components existing within the divided soul – the first emanating from Godliness and the later from evil. Thus, even the most arrogant person has a potential for humility because every aspect of being has its opposite. Thus, it is possible for anyone, at any time, to engage in a single act of humility. When such a window of opportunity opens up, we can ask ourselves, “What else is possible?” and then learn how to give up being right and to dismantle the upset. More at http://moshesharon.wordpress.com

At 1:52 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

It seems that many Jews have trouble defending the only democracy in the Middle East.


The BDS movement is not about advocating peace but about isolating and delegitimizing Israel as a prelude to its eventual destruction.

When Jews are afraid of anti-Semites disguised as concerned humanitarians, that says it all.

At 5:31 PM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...

I was asked to post this: "I have told the JMI (Geraldine Auerbach and Walter Goldsmith) that I will be boycotting their events until this disgusting policy of dhimmitude is changed and that I will encourage everyone on my mailing list to do likewise.
Jonathan Hoffman"


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