OX­FORD UNION ‘MOB’

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT&ANALYSIS -

As both a Jew and a re­cent Ox­ford grad­u­ate, I have been ap­palled by the scenes out­side the Union in the past week. Jews, so of­ten the de­fend­ers of lib­erty, so prom­i­nent in the US civil­rights move­ment and the cam­paign against apartheid, were march­ing in favour of curb­ing free speech.

Th­ese cam­paign­ers re­spond to crit­i­cism with the well-re­hearsed mantra that in­vi­ta­tions to Irv­ing and Grif­fin “le­git­imise” their odi­ous points of view, yet the in­vi­tees are the true vic­tors of the re­cent protests; they can rightly claim that they were muz­zled by a mob. In­stead of at­tempt­ing to ar­bi­trate on who should or should not have ac­cess to free speech, we should take ev­ery op­por­tu­nity to en­gage men like th­ese in de­bate and de­feat them with truth and rea­son, rather than mak­ing them mar­tyrs to the cause of free speech. Si­mon Kan­tor Sandy Lodge Way, North­wood, Mid­dle­sex HA6

Those in the UK com­mu­nity who rightly op­posed the pres­i­dent of the Ox­ford Union for giv­ing a free plat­form to Messrs Irv­ing and Grif­fin and le­git­imis­ing their mes­sage of ha­tred and Holo­caust-de­nial should not get too com­pla­cent. Rather, they should be look­ing at Lim­mud, which is giv­ing a free plat­form to the for­mer Speaker of the Knes­set Avra­ham Burg to spread his mes­sage that Is­rael should no longer ex­ist as the Jewish state — thereby fur­ther­ing the ob­jec­tive of those de-le­git­imis­ing Is­rael’s ex­is­tence. Peter Simp­son Itamar Ben Avi St, Jerusalem, Is­rael

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