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David Miller: Bristol University Launches Formal Investigation

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Leading Miller Supporter….

Jewish News:

Bristol University has launched an investigation into a professor who called Jewish students “pawns of a racist regime engaged in ethnic cleansing”.

The institution has come in for severe criticism from communal organisations for not taking action against the academic. After the announcement, Jewish students said the probe was launched “far too late”.


The BBC reports,

An investigation has been launched over comments made about Israel by a University of Bristol professor.

Prof David Miller accused the country of wanting to “impose [its] will all over the world”, according to the Jewish Chronicle.

Dozens called for action claiming the comments were “inciting hatred against Jewish students”.

In a statement the university said it recognised the “deep concern” the comments had caused.

“We can confirm that the university has already initiated an investigation into this matter.

“The investigation is being carried out in accordance with the university’s internal process,” adding the process was “confidential”.

The problem many people have is that far from just defending Miller’s right to express an opinion, his defenders are hell bent on defending his ‘academic’ work based on this account of ‘Zionists’ and Agents of Israel operate in the UK.


In particular they’ve done this through inter-faith work, pretending that Jews and Muslims working together will be an apolitical way of countering racial misunderstandings. No, it’s a Trojan horse for normalizing Zionism in the Muslim community.

Chicken Soup,

We saw it in [the] East London Mosque, for example, where the East London Mosque, unknowingly, held this project of making chicken soup with the Jewish and Muslim communities coming together. This is an Israeli-backed project to normalize Zionism within the Muslim community. And they’re doing that at the same time as they were doing the attack on Corbyn and the continued attack on the left to normalize Zionism on the Left.

You said they were successful – and I think we can debate the extent to which they were successful – but they did manage to peel off a certain section of the left. And we saw that in the beginning – we didn’t maybe realise [that] at the time – with what happened to Jackie [Walker] who was in the calls? just now, who was peeled off from Momentum and then elements of Momentum peeled off.

So, even elements of Momentum became turned by a kind of left-Zionism, by elements of the [Jewish Labour Movement], partly no doubt to do with the pro-Zionists in the AWL, the Alliance for Workers Liberty, pro-Zionist left. (I believe ‘Trotskyist’ is the appropriate term for them as well.) And so that, I think, is a real issue. And the Israeli Government, of course, have been involved in this from the beginning.



This chap won’t be around to defend him at present.

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INDEFINITELY POSTPONED: Zionism: past, present – and future? with Tony Greenstein

This, from the above ‘pro-Zionist’ left,  the AWL, looks a better way to approach some of these issues:

Cathy Nuget.


On the IHRA, universal adoption on such an unclear basis may produce a febrile atmosphere where both a backlash against campaigning for Palestinian rights and anti-Zionist witch hunts are possible.

Many Jewish students and staff will want the IHRA text adopted, not least because universities can do much better at tackling bullying, harassment and abuse. We have to campaign for more resources to support students and staff who are victims of abuse. We need clearer and more effective university codes of conducts — ones which allow students and staff to seek redress without recrimination.

There are real problems with free speech at UK universities. They are not as the government defines them. The marketisation of universities has seen the suppression of postering, paper-selling and leafleting, students being subject to surveillance through Prevent, and the use of police against students on campuses.

A broad freedom of speech and organisation for all should be guaranteed, other than for clear-cut fascists and where there is immediately dangerous incitement.

Student unions and activists tend now to argue for administrative bans on reactionary speakers, when a better response is denouncing and organising protests against them. There has been some raising of “no-platforming” from a tactic to a principle of too-wide application.

That has depoliticised student politics. We want political challenges and protests against the views we disagree with to be the norm. Debate from students in all contexts — in lectures and seminars as well — with rules for respectful conduct of debate without fear of recrimination, should always be what we aim for.


Written by Andrew Coates

March 17, 2021 at 4:47 pm

Millwall Fans Oppose “Virtue Signalling” (Spiked) and “Moral Lectures” (Paul Embery).

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Embery Protests Against Wokeism.

As a member of the Inner Party bourgeois bohemian cosmopolitan elite, after discussion with the Thinkpol it has been decided that this counter-hegemonic discursive formation will be published on our mighty on-line organ of post-colonial and Badiou studies.

Here is a discursive response:

Spiked concurs with bruvver Embery.



Britain’s leading advocate of working class identity politics Brendan Cor Blimey O’Neil opines (The Millwall Revolt. Spiked. )

Nothing horrifies the woke elites more than the noises made by working-class people. Whether they’re saying ‘Let’s leave the EU’ or complimenting a member of the opposite sex on the street, the sounds and statements of the throng often have much of the chattering classes reaching for their smelling salts. So it is no surprise that a 30-second outburst of booing among Millwall fans when their players ‘took the knee’ yesterday has led to Guardianistas across the land thumbing their thesauruses in search of the shrillest words with which to condemn this foul guttural cry of blind hate, etc etc. ‘Is this fascism?!’, they wonder out loud. Yes, dear, of course it is.

Calm down dear.

Down at the Dove and Duck they talk of nothink but cocking a snoot at “identitarian elites” and “divisive agendas of critical race theory and woke re-education.



Written by Andrew Coates

December 6, 2020 at 5:12 pm

France: Migrant Camp at the Place de la République Violently Dismantled by the Police.

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Les forces de l'ordre place de la République, lundi soir à Paris.

Police Violence That Has Shocked France.


France to probe Paris migrant camp dismantling after ‘shocking’ scuffle images

France 24.

French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin on Tuesday said he was launching a probe into clashes that broke out late Monday after police cleared out a new migrant camp at Place de la République in the heart of Paris, adding that images of the scuffles were “shocking”

People posted photos and videos on social media of police hitting demonstrators as they moved in to clear the square of migrants‘ tents, which the police said had been set up without official permission.

“Some of the images of the dispersion of the illegal migrant camp at Place de la République are shocking,” Darmanin wrote on Twitter in the early hours of Tuesday, adding that he was seeking a full report into the incident.

Libération is more forthright:

Place de la République, les images de la honte

The Images of Shame.

A Paris, migrants frappés et journalistes molestés lors de l’évacuation d’un campement éphémère

In Paris, migrants beaten and journalists molested during the evacuation of a temporary camp

The First Secretary of the Socialist Party denounced this action:

Jean-Luc Mélenchon of La France insoumise, attacked the disproportionate  use of force,  shameful for our Police. What is the sense, he asks, of beating up people in dire straits?

Police officers filmed pulling up tents and leaving people thrown to ground.

Gérald Darmanin said he had demanded a report on the police operation by lunchtime on Tuesday.

“Certain images of the breaking up of an illegal migrant camp at Place de la République are shocking,” Darmanin tweeted late on Monday night. “I have just demanded a detailed report on the reality of the facts from the prefect of police by midday tomorrow. I will take decisions as soon as I receive it.”

Police and gendarmes were sent in late on Monday to clear a camp from the square in central Paris. About 450 refugees set up tents at the request of the charity Utopia 56 to protest against the forcible clearing of a camp a few days previously that left scores of migrants wandering the streets.

Utopia 56 had issued a statement demanding the authorities provide shelter for the estimated 3,000 homeless migrants sleeping rough in and around the French capital.


Written by Andrew Coates

November 24, 2020 at 11:39 am