Nobel winner cancels UK speech to protest journalist union’s boycott of Israel

posted at 10:06 am on May 24, 2007 by Allahpundit

Not the first time he’s done this sort of thing either. And from the looks of things, it won’t be the last.

[T]oday in a letter to his host at Imperial, Michael Duff, Prof Weinberg said he was withdrawing from the trip.

In the letter, the professor said his decision was triggered by an agreement by the National Union of Journalists at its national conference to boycott Israeli products.

He wrote: “I know that some will say that these boycotts are directed only against Israel, rather than generally against Jews.

“But given the history of the attacks on Israel and the oppressiveness and aggressiveness of other countries in the Middle East and elsewhere, boycotting Israel indicated a moral blindness for which it is hard to find any explanation other than anti-semitism.”…

Prof Weinberg said the only other reason he could imagine for the boycott was the NUJ’s “desire to pander to the growing Muslim minority in Britain”.

The motion to boycott was passed last month at the NUJ’s annual meeting along with motions calling for the closing of Gitmo and declaring support for Hugo Chavez. Really? Support for Chavez at a meeting of journalists?

In other surprising news, another British union will consider a boycott of Israel at its yearly conference next week. Guess which industry.


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In other surprising news, another British union will consider a boycott of Israel at its yearly conference next week. Guess which industry.

That industry has boycotted itself for years now.

- The Cat

MirCat on May 24, 2007 at 10:12 AM

How can journalist boycott a country

tomas on May 24, 2007 at 10:21 AM

“But given the history of the attacks on Israel and the oppressiveness and aggressiveness of other countries in the Middle East and elsewhere, boycotting Israel indicated a moral blindness for which it is hard to find any explanation other than anti-semitism.”…

Telling it like it is.

doufree on May 24, 2007 at 10:26 AM

Good for him.

I particularly like these two paragraphs:

He wrote: “I know that some will say that these boycotts are directed only against Israel, rather than generally against Jews.

“But given the history of the attacks on Israel and the oppressiveness and aggressiveness of other countries in the Middle East and elsewhere, boycotting Israel indicated a moral blindness for which it is hard to find any explanation other than anti-semitism.”…

He saw right through the facade that it’s “just about Israel” and called them on their bull shinola.

thirteen28 on May 24, 2007 at 10:27 AM

From the linked article:

But the British academics were not impressed. “My belief that we need to work for a boycott was only strengthened,” said one, Bob Brecher. “The very fact that this delegation came here shows that the academic establishment in Israel is central and influential.”

They didn’t roll over and take it? Guilty! I thought so!!

Lehosh on May 24, 2007 at 10:30 AM

Three cheers.

ahem on May 24, 2007 at 10:33 AM

They’re not anti-semites. They’re only against Ariel Sharon’s settlement policy in Gaza.

Niko on May 24, 2007 at 10:34 AM

Wow, good for him.

Glynn on May 24, 2007 at 10:38 AM

More Israeli academics for us? Fingers crossed!

RushBaby on May 24, 2007 at 10:46 AM

Academics are also expected to debate whether anti-semitism has become acceptable on UK campuses and whether members should be balloted before any decisions are taken on academic freedom.

WHAT?!! Excuse me, but again WTF?! Am I reading this correctly? Academics are getting together to talk about whether it’s ok to be anti-semitic or not???! What next? If it’s ok to force Jewish students to wear a yellow star or not? Where in the world is this going? (rhetorical) I cannot believe I’m reading this. What is wrong with these people, these “academics”? Are there no historians among them? Or are they not allowed to teach the holocaust anymore for fear of offending the muslim students…!?

And where do the journalists get off? How can they continue to call themselves journalists? Or has the meaning of the word been changed recently?

4shoes on May 24, 2007 at 10:56 AM

jimwesty on May 24, 2007 at 10:58 AM

It’s not often in life that your criticism of a group of people (leftist journalist, in this case) is so quickly and completed vindicated.

Clearly nothing I have ever about the leftist Brit butt-sniffing press was nasty enough, or incorrect in any way, and I thank them for this acknowledgment.

Jaibones on May 24, 2007 at 11:05 AM

Dr. Jonathan Rynhold of Bar-Ilan University retorted angrily: “You are imposing standards on Israel, and Israeli academe, that you do not demand of any other country, not even British academe, of which you are a part. And you treat the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as if it were completely one-sided.”

“It is one-sided,” responded Hickey.

Such blindness…

Esthier on May 24, 2007 at 11:15 AM

The Brits have gone bonkers. Stands to reason though. You can keep a stiff upper lip and fight the good fight for only so long, eh wot? Appease the crocodile….

SilverStar830 on May 24, 2007 at 11:29 AM

Why don’t all of these “journalists” just get a tattoo on their chest that says “ASK ME ABOUT BECOMING A COMMIE ANTI-SEMITIST” ? Why not ? How could they be anymore blatant ? By what standard do they call themselves “journalist” ?

Prof Weinberg has it right, there is no point in casting your pearls before swine.

Maxx on May 24, 2007 at 11:40 AM

In the letter, the professor said his decision was triggered by an agreement by the National Union of Journalists at its national conference to boycott Israeli products.

Solution – boycott and ban all journalists involved in this boycott of Israel from Israel. See ya – get your Israeli news from other sources.

Rick on May 24, 2007 at 12:20 PM

Nice to see that there are some Nobel laureates who aren’t anti-Semitic terrorist-supporting douchebags like Jimmy Carter. But then Prof. Weinberg’s Nobel Prize was for physics, which requires that you actually have to do something to earn it, rather than just show up and be liberal.

ReubenJCogburn on May 24, 2007 at 12:47 PM

Journalists against Jews? How could that be, they only report the facts.

Imagine, a group of people who will sit and photograph snipers killing their own people, but protests a country. They will sit an interview terrorists, and boycott a country. Sit and have dinner with murderers, rapists, torturers (sp), slave holders, and they boycott and protest those terrible Jews.
Cut-off peoples heads, rape children and women, kill dissenters, torture children, but don’t write great music, heal people, defend people in court, paint great paintings or write wonderful books, or defend your few hundred square miles of a country.

Naw, there is no “slant” to what journalists write.

right2bright on May 24, 2007 at 12:48 PM

Until this is rectified, I am boycotting Kidney Pie.

In fact, even afterwards I will still boycott Kidney Pie.

JayHaw Phrenzie on May 24, 2007 at 12:53 PM

Michael Duff – isn’t he the inventor of Duff Beer? If so, there must be a secret makes-Homer-stupid ingredient in it.

In other surprising news, another British union will consider a boycott of Israel at its yearly conference next week. Guess which industry.

Wait a second, since when is academics an industry?
I’ve worked for industry before and they expect results.

Journalist must realize that supporting Hugo Chavez will end any sense of the free press. They must be drinking that Duff beer.

Kini on May 24, 2007 at 1:15 PM

Academics are getting together… 4shoes on May 24, 2007 at 10:56 AM

The basketweaving professor, Gym teacher, and liberal arts professors are also considered “acedemics”.

Mazztek on May 24, 2007 at 2:18 PM

What amazes me is they go after Israel, which has freedom of speech, religion, and the Press…

While not going after Venezuela (which just closed its oldest TV station, the Islmaic countries (where freedom of speech, and religion are nonexistant, and the press can’t even go many places UNLESS they’re moslem….)…

Its the COWARDICE of the Left… they only snipe at people who are civilized enough not to fight back…

Hmmm… thinking on it… National Organizataion of Women… condemn the Partial Birth Abortion ban, yet say nothing about Islam…

ACLU and Amnesty International sue and protest the US for “torture” but say nothing of those cutting off heads…

Truthers, who rail at the Bush “regime” and yet won’t protest anything in the Mid East… which is really bad…

Yep… cowards. They will only fight against “safe” targets.

Romeo13 on May 24, 2007 at 2:33 PM

Solution – boycott and ban all journalists involved in this boycott of Israel from Israel. See ya – get your Israeli news from other sources.

Rick on May 24, 2007 at 12:20 PM

They already do – from Syria, Iran, Jordan, Hezbollah, Ham-Ass, PLO, etc… definitely not from Israel. And when they don’t get it from anti-semites they make it up!

And I think its just as bad here in the US – Just look at Hate-week on UC-Irving.

CrazyFool on May 24, 2007 at 3:04 PM

Few, but some real men still exist. Enlightening, by a flicker…but still gratifying.

Entelechy on May 24, 2007 at 3:09 PM

I can’t beleive some people’s stupidity!

Gen 12:3 And I[God] will bless them that bless thee [Israel], and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

I think one of the main reasons the States is the most powerful country in the world is because of the amount of support it has given to Israel. The more Americans turn their backs on God’s people, the more their country will decline. We need to not pander to what these Muslim bastards want. Israel can’t give any more land away, so no peace treaties should be signed or even contemplated that involve that.

And that Jerusalem Embassy Act that was passed, oh, twelve years ago…yeah, someone might want to actually act on that. Auugh.

Sorry for that rant there. I just came back from Israel a couple weeks ago and stuff like this angers me…

emmaline1138 on May 24, 2007 at 7:49 PM

Hey, that’s Steven Weinberg! I’ve had the privilege of meeting him. He’s a good man, a great physicist, and one of the few physicists around that believes that reality exists independently of man’s mind, that man’s reasoning mind can grasp the nature of the world around him, and that the scientific method is the only way to do science. Kudos to you, Dr. Weinberg!

Lazarus on May 25, 2007 at 12:19 AM