How Manchester University Prostitutes Itself in the Service of Imperial War Criminal Arthur James Balfour

How Manchester University Prostitutes Itself in the Service of Imperial War Criminal Arthur James Balfour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Manchester University censored Holocaust survivor Marika Sherwood but allows the celebration of ethnic cleansing


Manchester University censored the title of the talk by Holocaust survivor Marika Sherwood and limited access to students only

I’ve just written to Nancy Rothwell, the Vice-Chancellor and President
of Manchester University to complain of an Israeli government and Zionist event
being hosted to commemorate the Balfour Declaration.  Arthur James Balfour, on November 2nd
1917 wrote a letter to Lord Walter Rothschild, promising his best endeavours in
setting up a Zionist settler colony in Palestine as a precursor to the
Apartheid state that exists there today.

Of course Balfour didn’t quite word it like that.  He spoke of a ‘Jewish national home’ and not
prejudicing the ‘civil and religious rights of the existing non-Jewish communities
in Palestine.’  Which was a curious way
to describe over 90% of the population of Palestine.  The Declaration also tried to allay the fears
of Jews by promising that it wouldn’t prejudice the rights and political status
of Jews in other countries.  Note that it
didn’t promise not to prejudice the political rights of the Palestinians.
The Balfour Declaration promised the land of the Palestinians to the Zionists
We can see what Balfour really intended from a letter to his successor
as Foreign Secretary Lord Curzon in 1919.
‘in Palestine we do not propose even to go
through the form of consulting the wishes of the present inhabitants of the
country…. Zionism, be it right or wrong, good or bad, is rooted in age-long
traditions, in present needs, in future hopes, of far profounder import than
the desires and prejudices of the 700,000 Arabs who now inhabit that ancient
land………. In short, so far as Palestine is concerned, the Powers have made no
statement of fact which is not admittedly wrong, and no declaration of policy
which, at least in the letter, they have not always intended to violate.

Not for nothing was Britain known as Perfidious Albion.
Manchester University distinguished itself earlier in the year, during Israeli
Apartheid week by censoring the title of a talk given by Marika Sherwood, a
survivor of the Budapest Ghetto set up in November 1944 during the reign of the
pro-Nazi Nyilas/Iron Cross.  Housing some
60,000 Jews its inhabitants were lucky not to have been massacred by the
fascists before being rescued by the Soviet invasion of Hungary.
Because the University of Manchester was forced, against its will, by the
Information Commissioner to disclose the correspondence it had, we now know
that this craven act was carried out at the behest of the Israeli Embassy.  The same Israeli Embassy that is now hosting
this event.  What is it about academic
institutions that they can’t, when approached by the representatives of Israel’s
Apartheid regime, simply say ‘fuck off’ to them.  It is as if Nancy Rothwell and her colleagues
lack anything so much resembling a backbone. 
The Corporate University of today is nothing more than the transmitter
of the dictates of the government of the day. 
Manchester University explains why it is commemorating a war criminal – we’re only in it for the money

The title of Marika Sherwood’s talk was forbidden because it infringed
the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of anti-Semitism.  This definition, which is not legally binding
but is the policy of Theresa May’s Tory government, has one aim only – to conflate
criticism of Israel and Zionism with anti-Semitism.  It has no other purpose.  Anti-Semitism is extremely easy to define.  It is hostility to or hatred of Jews.  It doesn’t need the 420+ words of the IHRA
definition. 
Below is my open letter to Ms Rothwell.
Tony Greenstein
Marika Sherwood – survivor of the Budapest Ghetto

Letter to Vice-Chancellor of Manchester University



PO Box 173
Brighton
BN51 9EZ
Friday 13th October 2017 
Nancy Rothwell,
University of Manchester
Dear Ms Rothwell,
I understand that Manchester
University is proposing to host an event on October 31st celebrating
the Balfour Declaration of 2nd November 1917.  This event is organised by the Israeli
Embassy and the Zionist Federation.  In
response to other complainants you wrote:
‘As you may be aware, the University allows some of its premises to be
hired by third parties for external events, provided that the events in
question comply with the University’s Code of Practice on Freedom of Speech.’

This is disingenuous.  You are responsible for events held on your
premises.  What you are celebrating is
the decision, by the British Empire to donate the land of the Palestinians to a
third party, the Zionist settler colonial movement.  The British Empire has committed enough
crimes without you being host to those who glory in them for the sake of petty
profit.
You recently censored a talk by Marika
Sherwood, a Holocaust survivor.  You
refused to allow the meeting to go ahead until the title of the meeting: ‘You’re doing to the Palestinians what the
Nazis did to me’
was changed.  You
also insisted that attendance was limited to university students and staff
only.  Your decision to change the title of
this talk, especially since the
speaker was a Holocaust survivor, was outrageous by any measure.
This was only revealed when you were
forced to disclose what you did by the Information
Commissioner
. As the Guardian reported,
the Israeli Embassy pressured Manchester University into taking these steps. Your
assertion of free speech when it comes to an event celebrating a 100 years of
ethnic cleansing is therefore both hypocritical and untrue.  It would seem that Manchester University has
a sweet heart relationship with the Israeli Embassy.
If a German university were to
celebrate the anniversary of Kristallnacht or an Australian university were to
celebrate the extermination of the Aboriginal peoples it would be no different morally
to what you are doing.  If you allow this
event to go ahead you will be seen to be identified with the Apartheid regime
in Tel Aviv and a century of Zionist crimes.
Far from allowing a celebration
of the Balfour Declaration Manchester University should be hanging its head in
shame.  It was at your institution that Chaim
Weizmann, the real author of the Balfour Declaration and President of the Zionist
Organisation, taught.  What you and
similar academic institutions should be examining is your complicity in the crimes
of British imperialism from the slave trade to the free market induced famines
in Bengal.
Arthur James Balfour, as Chief
Secretary to Ireland, was known as Bloody Balfour on account of the Police murder
in 1882 of three demonstrators in the Mitchelstown Massacre in Ireland.  Your refusal to cancel this event, because
you will make money from the hire of a hall, demonstrates the lack of any
ethics behind the academic ethos of Manchester University. 
Two years after the Declaration,
Balfour wrote to Lord Curzon, his successor explaining that:
‘in Palestine we do not propose even to go
through the form of consulting the wishes of the present inhabitants of the
country…. Zionism, be it right or wrong, good or bad, is rooted in age-long
traditions, in present needs, in future hopes, of far profounder import than
the desires and prejudices of the 700,000 Arabs who now inhabit that ancient
land………. In short, so far as Palestine is concerned, the Powers have made no
statement of fact which is not admittedly wrong, and no declaration of policy
which, at least in the letter, they have not always intended to violate.

It is noteworthy that the only
member of the Lloyd George Cabinet who opposed the Balfour Declaration was its
only Jewish member, Sir Edwin Montagu, who wrote a paper criticising his
fellow Cabinet members for anti-Semitism.
As Prime Minister Balfour also
introduced the 1905 Aliens Act aimed at preventing the immigration of Jewish
refugees fleeing from the pogroms in Czarist Russia.  He was not only a reactionary Tory politician
but like many anti-Semites, he disliked Jews but loved Zionism. 
As someone who is Jewish I
would urge you, even at this late hour, to put principle before profit and
cancel this glorification of the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians.
Yours sincerely,

Tony Greenstein 

 

 

 

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