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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

Réseau Voltaire and the Plot Against Syria.

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Is there anyone out there, apart from Assad’s regime,  claiming that a plot lies behind the Syrian uprising?

Not surprisingly: yes.

Réseau Voltaire is the creature of a certain Thierry Meyssan. 

At one time  his site used to get  cited as an authority on secularism by the boss of Islamophobia Watch, Bob Pitt – though the London supporter of all things Islamic seems to have gone quiet on that in the last years. Perhaps because Meyssan  is known as the father of all 9/11 Troofer theories, and Conspiracy dreck in general*. More probably because all these secularists jumped ship when Meyssan moved ever closer to the bizarre world where far-right meets Islamism, meets Sovereigntism, meets Arab Nationalism, meets ‘anti-imperialism’, meets, er, Syrian Baathism.

Recently Mysaan  has been accused of a close, not to say, bear-hugging relation with Lebanese Islamists – the Cat’s paw of Damascus. The redoubtable Caroline Fourest made this claim, which gives it some weight. The Troofer in chief  has vigorously denied the charge (Here).

Yet we note this return to form (14th of June):

La tentative de renversement du gouvernement syrien ressemble par bien des points à ce qui a été entrepris en Libye, cependant les résultats sont forts différents en raison de particularités sociales et politiques. Le projet de casser simultanément ces deux États avait été énoncé le 6 mai 2002 par John Bolton alors qu’il était sous-secrétaire d’État de l’administration Bush, sa mise en œuvre par l’administration Obama 9 ans plus tard, dans le contexte du réveil arabe, ne va pas sans problèmes.

Comme en Libye, le plan de départ visait à susciter un coup d’État militaire, mais il s’est vite avéré impossible faute de trouver les officiers nécessaires. Selon nos informations, un plan identique avait également été envisagé pour le Liban. En Libye, le complot avait été éventé et le colonel Kadhafi avait fait arrêter le colonel Abdallah Gehani [1]. Dans tous les cas, le plan originel a été revu dans le contexte inattendu du « printemps arabe ».

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His text can be translated simply: Syria is the victim of the same plot by the same agents that tried to destabilise Libya. This was first mooted in 2002 by Bush’s John Bolton. Now it has been put in operation by Obama. The Arba awakening has caused it problems. This conspiracy was amazing detailed, Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Andrew Coates

June 19, 2011 at 11:04 am