Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Last night, Israeli historian Benny Morris, previously a darling of the anti-Israel left, was scheduled to give a talk at Cambridge University:
Professor Benny Morris will be in Cambridge next week to talk on "1948 Revisited" and answer your questions...
Oops. Unfortunately, Benny Morris has shown he not only can write a book, but he also has a brain, and his statements over the past few years have un-endeared him to his former allies, and you can guess that someone who doesn't toe the line on Israel was not quite welcome at a British University. A protest was ignited: Cambridge protests Islamophobia on campus. Yeah, that's right, Benny Morris..."Islamophobe." Gutlessly, the Israel Society (of all things), caved:
We will be screening "Promises" (below) this Thursday instead of Professor Benny Morris' presentation on "1948 Revisited."
We understand that whilst Professor Benny Morris' contribution to history is highly respectable and significant, his personal views are, regrettably, deeply offensive to many.
We want to clarify that the intention of the Israel Society was never to give racism a platform. We had hoped to listen to a historical presentation on "1948" followed by a Q&A - a space for anyone, including those with grievances, to challenge Morris.
Ultimately, we place respect for those who have been offended above the importance of hosting this speaker. As such, in response to complaints about this speaker, we have cancelled this proposed event, and apologise for any unintended offence.
We do still hope to see you on Thursday!
Oh please! We surrender! Just don't hurt us! Gosh, we didn't mean to hurt anyone's feelings. So Benny Morris was fine as long as he was politically correct, but now that he's no longer useful... Way to fight, guys. Instead the group is showing a milquetoast film. This is the full on sacrifice of exposing students to a good and interesting speaker for the sake of political correctness. One wonders how sensitive the Israel haters on campus are to the concerns of Jewish students. Care to bet the answer is "not very?"
Update: Story in the local Cambridge press: 'Islamophobic' Talk Cancelled