May 31, 2007

What's wrong with this picture?

British academic union members are refusing to participate in what they regard as a "witch hunt." The University and College Union claims

... Muslims are being "demonized" because of new guidelines asking staff to log suspicious behavior in light of concerns that campuses are being infiltrated by extremists recruiting candidates to wage jihad, to vet Islamic preachers who have been invited to campuses, to see that "hate literature" is not distributed among students, and to report suspicious behavior to police.

Academics at the union's London Metropolitan University branch will say that "increasingly restrictive measures and the xenophobic language surrounding them" has led to an increase in racist attacks on Muslims.

"Islamophobia and the attempts at increased surveillance on Muslim communities are not only encouraging racist and xenophobic tendencies in Britain but are also leading to measures that threaten civil liberties," they will warn.

Meanwhile, this same union has called for a boycott of Israeli academia because, you know, Israel is like the old South Africa in its policies regarding the Palestinians. Even though, you know, the majority blacks in the old S.A. didn't actually want to completely annihilate their white oppressors like the Palestinians want to do to Israel. That distinction seems to have been overlooked by these "bright" individuals. Of course, too, this isn't seen as a "demonization" of Israel or "Jewishphobia."

How convenient.

Posted by Hube at May 31, 2007 07:18 PM | TrackBack

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I wonder how they'd feel about monitoring Catholics in the wake of an IRA bombing campaign?

Posted by: Duffy at June 1, 2007 07:26 AM

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