Anti-Is­rael con­fer­ence to go ahead

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY LEE HARPIN In­ter­na­tional Law and the State of Is­rael,

AN ACA­DEMIC con­fer­ence ques­tion­ing the right of Is­rael to ex­ist is to go ahead next month.

Univer­sity Col­lege Cork (UCC) con­firmed that the con­tro­ver­sial gath­er­ing, which will in­clude ap­pear­ances by an­tiZion­ist his­to­rian Ilan Pappe and Southamp­ton Univer­sity’s Pro­fes­sor Oren Ben-Dior, will be held in an off-cam­pus lo­ca­tion in the Ir­ish city on March 31 and April 1.

UCC man­age­ment said they were dis­cussing with or­gan­is­ers the pos­si­bil­ity of a third day be­ing held on the cam­pus.

Last month, UCC of­fi­cials ex­pressed “dis­ap­point­ment and con­cern” af­ter or­gan­is­ers an­nounced the event would take place there with­out first dis­cussing it with univer­sity of­fi­cials.

They ruled that the event could not be held on cam­pus un­less or­gan­is­ers first agreed to sev­eral con­di­tions.

The con­fer­ence, called

had orig­i­nally been sched­uled to take place at Southamp­ton Univer­sity in March 2015. But it was can­celled af­ter protests from the Jewish com­mu­nity, with the univer­sity cit­ing safety rea­sons for the de­ci­sion.

The Board of Deputies and MPs in­clud­ing Michael Gove and Eric Pick­les were among those to con­demn the con­fer­ence two years ago.

Or­gan­is­ers said the de­ci­sion to go ahead with the event was a vic­tory for free speech.

Board­pres­i­den­tJonathanArkush­said he was dis­ap­pointed at the move but noted that it was un­likely that the event would be given “house-room” by UCC.

He added: “This meet­ing is by no means a gen­uine search for aca­demic truth but, in re­al­ity, no more than a hate-fest dressed up as an aca­demic con­fer­ence.”

Univer­sity Col­lege Cork

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