Racist video link to Leeds ag­i­ta­tor

The Jewish Chronicle - - Front page - BY LEON SY­MONS AND NATHAN JEFFAY

A PROM­I­NENT Leeds so­lic­i­tor has with­drawn an of­fer of a five-fig­ure schol­ar­ship for Leeds Univer­sity’s law school, af­ter dis­cov­er­ing that the man be­hind the move to gag its Jewish So­ci­ety was car­ry­ing an­tisemitic ma­te­rial on his web­site.

Mar­i­lyn Stowe told the JC this week: “My ar­gu­ment is with Leeds Univer­sity for al­low­ing this to hap­pen. I have been talk­ing to them for some time about a schol­ar­ship, as a thank-you for my own stu­dent days, but that is now off un­til this is re­solved. I have to take a stand about this.”

Akram Awad, the Pales­tine Sol­i­dar­ity Group ac­tivist who last month suc­cess­fully per­suaded Leeds stu­dents that they should ig­nore any com­plaints from the Jewish So­ci­ety “as long as Ju­daism as a faith was not of­fended”, has now said that “if ” the ma­te­rial com­plained of does prove to be an­tisemitic, he will re­move it from his web­site.

“We al­ways say that we are not an­tisemitic, only anti-Zion­ist and anti-oc­cu­pa­tion. Any­thing that passes [cer­tain] lines should be re­moved.”

The Other Is­rael, one of the films on his web­site, fea­tures Amer­i­can Chris­tian evan­ge­list Ted Pike, who de­clares: “There does ex­ist a ten­dency for Jewish dom­i­na­tion of our so­ci­ety.”

Mr Pike then asks view­ers: “Can it be that such per­va­sive Jewish con­trol we are see­ing to­day is just the har­bin­ger of even greater Jewish con­trol to come?” An­other film on Mr Awad’s site is The Agony: Deir Yassin, in which one frame is cap­tioned: “The Jews snatched the son and threw him in the bak­ing oven.” Mr Awad en­dorsed this film and said the oven in­ci­dent was “his­tory”.

On hear­ing quotes from The Other Is­rael, he said: “This is wrong… we al­ways need to be care­ful and be ad­vised when we ex­ceed th­ese lim­its. I am ac­tu­ally go­ing to go back to this film and if it says what you say, I will re­move it.

“Ju­daism as a faith is not an en­emy. It is only Zion­ists, and the racist ideal of ex­pelling Pales­tini­ans.”

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