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Chris Williamson stands with David Miller accused of ‘anti-Semitic tropes’.

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Williamson Stands with David Miller.

This is the background.

The Bristol Mayor and Bristol West MP have spoken out on Prof David Miller’s comments.

University of Bristol professor has come under fire for “unacceptable” statements about Israel and Jewish students.

Prof David Miller called for the “end of Zionism” and said Israel is “trying to exert its will all over the world” in a Zoom video call last Saturday.

The sociology lecturer later said Jewish students were being used as “political pawns by a violent, racist foreign regime” and accused his university’s Jewish Society (Bristol JSoc) of a “campaign of censorship” making some students “unsafe”.

Bristol West’s Labour MP Thangam Debbonaire described the conduct as “completely unacceptable”, adding: “I’m following this appalling behaviour by a Bristol Uni lecturer up with the university.”

And Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees told the Jewish Chronicle: “I met students from Bristol Jewish Society [on Wednesday] and am awaiting more details about the incident. But I will be supporting them and meeting the university to discuss this matter.”

Prof Miller was suspended from Labour last year and later quit after claiming Sir Keir Starmer had taken “Zionist” money.

During an online Campaign for Free Speech event last Saturday, he said: “‘This is an all-out onslaught by the Israeli government on the left globally.

This was the Zoom meeting. Contributors included Norman Finkelstein, former Labour MP Chris Williamson (founder Resistance Movement), Jackie Walker (Labour Against the Witchhunt), a speaker from Jewish Voice for Labour, anti-apartheid veteran Ronnie Kasrils, Sami Ramadani (Stop the War Coalition), Jamie Stern-Weiner (expert on IHRA) and David Miller (University of Bristol).

I’m tired of waiting for my uni to act against conspiratorial hatred

Sabrina Miller.

Two years ago Bristol JSoc launched a complaint against Miller after a Jewish student came forward and described their experiences in his classroom (on the condition of anonymity).

“I was one of the only Jewish students in David Miller’s class. Honestly it was scary because he is a teacher so people believed the anti-Semitism he was spreading. I was scared because I am one voice and felt I couldn’t stand up to him or tell him what he was saying was wrong.”

In Miller’s Harms of the Powerful module he claimed the “Zionist movement (parts of)” were pillars of islamophobia. He also attempted to link various British Jewish organisations to the state of Israel. As a Jewish student, this conspiratorial spider’s web of arrows and organisations was grimly reminiscent of antsemitic tropes where Jews are accused of having unique power and influence over political affairs.

This was another response:

This is David Miller.

Syria ‘truther’ heads fundraising campaign to sue British Labour Party

Bristol University professor David Miller – a member of the “propaganda professors” group which defends the Assad regime against accusations of chemical weapons use in Syria and disputes Russia’s use of a nerve agent against the Skripals in Britain – is behind a new campaign to sue the British Labour Party.

Miller is director and sole shareholder in a company called Campaign for Chris Williamson Ltd, which was registered on 17 July.

Williamson, MP for Derby North, has been suspended from the Labour Party over allegations of antisemitism and Miller has launched a crowd-funded campaign through his company to take legal action against the party. The aim is to raise £75,000 to cover the costs.

Miller is a prominent member of the quasi-academic Working Group on Syria, Propaganda and Media which claims that chemical attacks in Syria have been “staged” by rebels in oder to falsely accuse the Assad regime (see previous blog posts). Miller is a co-author of the group’s latest article which claims the OPCW’s investigation into alleged chlorine attacks in Douma was “nobbled”. The group also disputes that Russia was responsible for poisoning Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury last year.

 

The route that Chris Williamson has taken.

Labour Against The Witchhunt Retweeted

It will be interesting to see how friends of Williamson, from TUSC (Trade Union and Socialist Coalition) to the people in the ‘Free Speech’ campaign react in the coming days.

Universities are free to sack staff if they breach their employment conditions.

There seems a strong case against Miller, in the first place because he has launched an attack on students at his own institution.
Once outside his academic post he will be free to pursue his particular hobbies and political bugbears.

Written by Andrew Coates

February 20, 2021 at 12:11 pm

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  1. And another Miller vehicle – the grandly named “Organisation for Propaganda Studies” which seems to a main conduit for Assadist media in the UK. It has a list of directors and supporters – amongst whom is John Pilger. Miller’s main collaborator is Dr Piers Robinson at Sheffield Uni, who is a close ally of Vanessa Beeley. See; http://propagandastudies.ac.uk/board-directors-advisors/

    david walsh

    February 20, 2021 at 3:18 pm

  2. Bloody hell: what a foul cess-pit of antisemites, conspiracy theorists and red-brown Assadists wer’re uncovering! Leftists (eg ‘Counterfire’) who’ve supported this shower shoud hang their heads in shame.

    Jim Denham

    February 20, 2021 at 5:18 pm

    • Not to mention anybody who gives any support to the Canary, this being their founder and chief.

      Andrew Coates

      February 20, 2021 at 6:28 pm

    • Why do you think there is even a possibility for them to be ashamed? Currently they complain about a right shift of labour. (https://www.counterfire.org/articles/opinion/22093-starmer-s-shtick-ruthless-against-the-left-useless-against-the-right-counterblast)

      And yes, Starmer turned to the right (from a centered social democrats position), but he mainly did it by adopting a position on Brexit they held before him. So it is a turn in their direction, not away from them. What makes them think it is the opposite is because they confuse their sealed socialism-in-one-capitalist-state- fantasy, in which Starmer never took part and which is an annoyance in as social democratic party, with a “coherent worldview”. Yes, really, they claim Starmer doesn’t “have anything resembling an alternative coherent worldview or policy platform to the Corbyn era.” As Starmer is clearly opportunistic, he does whatever reality dictates, which doesn’t make his worldview coherent. On the other hand: Corbynism always has been at odds with reality as such, as the nationalism which drove Brexit never existed in its world. There was no need to fight it, and if it turns to be a driving force in society, it is recognized as a realization of ones own fantasy.

      Antisemitism is very often produced while covering up these kinds of contradiction. So why would they be ashamed, as they are so much in need of it?

      jm

      February 21, 2021 at 12:38 pm

    • you are a scab Jim Denham. The demand to sack a lecturer for speaking out on the oppression of Palestinians and the activities of the Israeli state via its proxies, which is what the Union of Jewish Student is, shows just how much you have degenerated politically.

      Andrew Coates is no better. His message that ‘
      There seems a strong case against Miller, in the first place because he has launched an attack on students at his own institution.Once outside his academic post he will be free to pursue his particular hobbies and political bugbears.’

      It is a lie that David Miller launched an attack on his own students. Rather the Zionist society has been attacking him for 2 years. He called out UJS, the Israeli funded Zionist student group. It is clear that you lay no store on this attack on academic freedom by the proxies and supporters of the Israeli state. The implications of dismissing a lecturer for giving a talk at a conference on free speech don’t seem to have percolated through what passes for your brain.

      You are both disgusting scabs you don’t seem to understand that the Israeli state operates much as did the Apartheid regime in South Africa in trying to infiltrate and destabilise politics in this country except that Israel does it via Jews.

      Israel has just been declared an Apartheid state by B’tselem, a human rights organisation that was originally formed as a liberal Zionist group. You are both despicable racists.

      jewsagainstzionismracism

      February 22, 2021 at 3:05 pm

  3. A great example for the Tory campaign for freedom of speech for racists, Fascists and anti Semites in the university’s to take up.
    Scott

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    Scott Republic

    February 20, 2021 at 10:52 pm

  4. One word, Stalinism.

    Sue r

    February 21, 2021 at 11:45 am


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