Palestine protests halt University of Southampton seminar

DEMONSTRATION: Protesters outside the University of Southampton. Pictures by Rachel Adams. Order no: 19159168

DEMONSTRATION: Protesters outside the University of Southampton. Pictures by Rachel Adams. Order no: 19159168 Buy this photo

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THERE were protests in Southampton yesterday before a planned seminar by an Israeli academic.

Protesters from Students for Palestine and the Palestine Solidarity Campaign set up a picket line ahead of a planned public talk by Professor Mark Auslender, a researcher and professor in engineering sciences at the University of Ben- Gurion in Negev, Israel.

The English Defence League organised a counter-demonstration, and police and security guards stood by at the University of Southampton.

The protest remained peaceful but the talk on optical sensors and how they can be used in health care, which had been organised by the university’s Optoelectronics Research Centre, was cancelled.

A university spokesman said: “Following conversations with Professor Mark Auslender, it was decided that his talk on optical sensors will not now take place.”

Students for Palestine member Michael Ambrose, 19, said: “An academic boycott of Israel has been called for by many institutions and academics across the world. We’re here to support that and we’re protesting against the University of Southampton’s involvement with Israeli institutions.”

EDL member Billy Hamilton said: “We amassed ourselves to promote freedom of speech in academia. It is appalling that this talk has been cancelled.”

There are currently no plans to reschedule the seminar.

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11:41am Thu 28 Aug 14

noodlesnewman says...

Still proudly flying my flag of palestine . NO place in this world for zionism .
Still proudly flying my flag of palestine . NO place in this world for zionism . noodlesnewman
  • Score: -11

6:33pm Thu 28 Aug 14

forest hump says...

noodlesnewman wrote:
Still proudly flying my flag of palestine . NO place in this world for zionism .
Pi$$ off over there then you contentious tw@t.
[quote][p][bold]noodlesnewman[/bold] wrote: Still proudly flying my flag of palestine . NO place in this world for zionism .[/p][/quote]Pi$$ off over there then you contentious tw@t. forest hump
  • Score: -5

10:09pm Thu 28 Aug 14

BeyondImagination says...

This damages the Palestinian cause. A peaceful, silent protest may have made a point.
This damages the Palestinian cause. A peaceful, silent protest may have made a point. BeyondImagination
  • Score: 0

2:29am Fri 29 Aug 14

Sudhama says...

This makes me think of something Israeli professor Ilan Pappé said about how this conflict started. He said, “When you listen to mainstream media coverage of the situation in Gaza, you get the impression that it all starts with an unreasonable launching of rockets into Israel by Hamas. And two very basic historical kind of backgrounds are being missed. The very immediate one goes back to June this year, when Israel decided, by force, to try and demolish Hamas politically in the West Bank and foil the attempts of the unity government of Palestine to push forward an international campaign to bring Israel to justice on the basis of the agenda of human and civil rights.
“The deeper historical context is the fact that ever since 2005, the Gaza Strip is being—or people in the Gaza Strip are being incarcerated as criminals, and their only crime is that they are Palestinians in a geopolitical location that Israel doesn’t know how to deal with. And when they elected democratically someone who was vowed to struggle against this ghettoizing or this siege, Israel reacted with all its force. So, this sort of wider historical context, that would explain to people that it is a desperate attempt to get out of the situation (they are in), is at the heart of the issue, and therefore it is soluble. One can solve this situation by lifting the siege, by allowing the people of Gaza to be connected with their brothers and sisters in the West Bank, and by allowing them to be connected to the world and not to live under circumstances that no one else in the world seems to experience at this moment in time.”
You're not a racist, anti-Semite or self-hating Jew to disagree with Israel, just a person of morals, a conscience, and compassion.
This makes me think of something Israeli professor Ilan Pappé said about how this conflict started. He said, “When you listen to mainstream media coverage of the situation in Gaza, you get the impression that it all starts with an unreasonable launching of rockets into Israel by Hamas. And two very basic historical kind of backgrounds are being missed. The very immediate one goes back to June this year, when Israel decided, by force, to try and demolish Hamas politically in the West Bank and foil the attempts of the unity government of Palestine to push forward an international campaign to bring Israel to justice on the basis of the agenda of human and civil rights. “The deeper historical context is the fact that ever since 2005, the Gaza Strip is being—or people in the Gaza Strip are being incarcerated as criminals, and their only crime is that they are Palestinians in a geopolitical location that Israel doesn’t know how to deal with. And when they elected democratically someone who was vowed to struggle against this ghettoizing or this siege, Israel reacted with all its force. So, this sort of wider historical context, that would explain to people that it is a desperate attempt to get out of the situation (they are in), is at the heart of the issue, and therefore it is soluble. One can solve this situation by lifting the siege, by allowing the people of Gaza to be connected with their brothers and sisters in the West Bank, and by allowing them to be connected to the world and not to live under circumstances that no one else in the world seems to experience at this moment in time.” You're not a racist, anti-Semite or self-hating Jew to disagree with Israel, just a person of morals, a conscience, and compassion. Sudhama
  • Score: 3

11:34am Fri 29 Aug 14

BeyondImagination says...

Sudhama wrote:
This makes me think of something Israeli professor Ilan Pappé said about how this conflict started. He said, “When you listen to mainstream media coverage of the situation in Gaza, you get the impression that it all starts with an unreasonable launching of rockets into Israel by Hamas. And two very basic historical kind of backgrounds are being missed. The very immediate one goes back to June this year, when Israel decided, by force, to try and demolish Hamas politically in the West Bank and foil the attempts of the unity government of Palestine to push forward an international campaign to bring Israel to justice on the basis of the agenda of human and civil rights.
“The deeper historical context is the fact that ever since 2005, the Gaza Strip is being—or people in the Gaza Strip are being incarcerated as criminals, and their only crime is that they are Palestinians in a geopolitical location that Israel doesn’t know how to deal with. And when they elected democratically someone who was vowed to struggle against this ghettoizing or this siege, Israel reacted with all its force. So, this sort of wider historical context, that would explain to people that it is a desperate attempt to get out of the situation (they are in), is at the heart of the issue, and therefore it is soluble. One can solve this situation by lifting the siege, by allowing the people of Gaza to be connected with their brothers and sisters in the West Bank, and by allowing them to be connected to the world and not to live under circumstances that no one else in the world seems to experience at this moment in time.”
You're not a racist, anti-Semite or self-hating Jew to disagree with Israel, just a person of morals, a conscience, and compassion.
Only peaceful protest will help the Palestinians. Every rocket weakens Palestinian image. Israel has the military might and PR advantage. Ghandi won by peaceful protest.
[quote][p][bold]Sudhama[/bold] wrote: This makes me think of something Israeli professor Ilan Pappé said about how this conflict started. He said, “When you listen to mainstream media coverage of the situation in Gaza, you get the impression that it all starts with an unreasonable launching of rockets into Israel by Hamas. And two very basic historical kind of backgrounds are being missed. The very immediate one goes back to June this year, when Israel decided, by force, to try and demolish Hamas politically in the West Bank and foil the attempts of the unity government of Palestine to push forward an international campaign to bring Israel to justice on the basis of the agenda of human and civil rights. “The deeper historical context is the fact that ever since 2005, the Gaza Strip is being—or people in the Gaza Strip are being incarcerated as criminals, and their only crime is that they are Palestinians in a geopolitical location that Israel doesn’t know how to deal with. And when they elected democratically someone who was vowed to struggle against this ghettoizing or this siege, Israel reacted with all its force. So, this sort of wider historical context, that would explain to people that it is a desperate attempt to get out of the situation (they are in), is at the heart of the issue, and therefore it is soluble. One can solve this situation by lifting the siege, by allowing the people of Gaza to be connected with their brothers and sisters in the West Bank, and by allowing them to be connected to the world and not to live under circumstances that no one else in the world seems to experience at this moment in time.” You're not a racist, anti-Semite or self-hating Jew to disagree with Israel, just a person of morals, a conscience, and compassion.[/p][/quote]Only peaceful protest will help the Palestinians. Every rocket weakens Palestinian image. Israel has the military might and PR advantage. Ghandi won by peaceful protest. BeyondImagination
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