For all those who couldn’t make it, here’s the excellent Professor As’ad AbuKhalil (AKA the Angry Arab) speaking on ‘The Case Against Israel’ at Edinburgh University. Enjoy!
As’ad AbuKhalil talking in Edinburgh from Stuart Platt on Vimeo.
Apologies, if my tone smeeed angry, I am well aware of your attitude to many of the issues, especially Israel.So humour me and please explain what you meant by the following?An average Aussie (ie a non-Jew without any interest in the whole Israel/Palestine imbroglio).Does that not imply that ?average Aussies? whatever that means, are uninterested in the mid east conflict?These angry folk have congregated in Melbourne to demonstrate in a way that does not strike you as very Australian.?Do average Australians not demonstrate angrily..ie: perhaps the wharf dispute many years ago against ..an employer whose name I forget.?Dragging the rotting corpse of a far away conflict right into our nice, clean city streets.?Does rotting corpse suggest an issue that has no further relevance or is not worthy of debate ?nice clean streets?? what is that? Are we so puritan that a demonstration is seen as anti social??Ethno-nationalist demonstrations happen very, very rarely in this city.?At least every couple of months there are protests by Greek Cypriots outside the Turkish embassy. True it?s not every day so perhaps I overstated that, but my point was that ethnic protests occur with regularity for one reason or another in Melbourne as elsewhere and surely do not sully our clean streets I make no comparison in terms of the conflict in East Timor and the Mid East save to say that protests of this nature should not be described as ?rotting corpses of a far away conflict.?Overall I was very disappointed in your use of terminology. I don?t believe that Australians are a disinterested lot. They are astute enough to understand the difference between genuine passionate anger and outright violence for the sake of attention.I don?t think that you can profess to speak for the average non Jewish Aussie simply because you have some non Jewish friends. Your ethnicity and background preclude you from being so disassociated with many issues that you cannot make an objective effort in transmitting their viewpoint.Its perhaps because I know how passionate you are about Israel, that I felt compeled to write what I did.Support this comment 0
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