Tag Archives: Israel

IAB January Seminar

Ofir Frankel invites Euston Manifesto supporters to the International Advisory Board for Academic Freedom’s (IAB) January seminar at 16:00 local time on Tuesday 16 January 2006 at the Shimshon and Chana Feldman Congress Hall (building 301), Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan. The speaker will be Yale University’s Prof. Charles Asher Small, the title: Processes of Globalization: Impact on Contemporary Anti-Semitism and Anti-Israel Sentiment.

In the discourse surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, extreme criticism of Israel (e.g., Israel is an “apartheid” state, or that the Israel Defense Forces deliberately target Palestinian civilians), are coupled with radical policy campaigns (e.g., academic boycotts, divestment from companies doing business with Israel). Such activism is often criticized as a form of neo anti-Semitism (as Israel is singled out for special treatment). In his research, Prof. Small has applied a detailed statistical methodology in order to analyze this issue.

Prof. Small is the Director of the Yale Initiative on the Interdisciplinary Study of Anti-Semitism (YIISA). YIISA is based at Institution for Social and Policy Studies (ISPS) Yale University. It is the first such scholarly institute in a North American University. Prof. Small is also the President and Founder of the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy.

Children Of Peace

Children Of Peace is a new charity that is already helping Israeli and Palestinian children to build friendship and trust through shared arts, education, health and sports programmes. You can read more about the organisation at their Website and make a donation via the Children Of Peace Donor Line: 0870 300 1064.

Two views on the current conflict in the Middle East

Euston Manifesto signatories Eric Lee — ”The Left should be supporting Israel in this war“ — and Shalom Lappin — ”Israel’s Strategic Quandaries in Lebanon” debate the current fighting in the Lebanon.

Once again events in the Middle East present a test and a challenge to those involved in progressive politics. The predictable response from most of the Left in many ways replicates the motivation that lead to the publication of the Manifesto.

Here we are not attempting to promulgate, nor establish, a position, policy or “line”. Our two states stance on the Israel/Palestine conflict is outlined in the manifesto. Here we seek to explore, examine and develop the many shades of EMG opinion, surrounding this related crisis.

Below we present the views of two signatories who have prominently commented on recent events in the blogosphere: