Saturday, 18 February 2017

Maureen Lipman dismantles Israel Apartheid Week

We need you!

Every so often we ask you to join us in a campaign. We don't do it often, only when we feel the need is great. Today we are asking you to help us and the Israel/Britain Alliance-and many other groups around the UK-to ensure that the annual hate fest that is 'Israel Apartheid Week' does not go unchallenged. I can't believe anyone reading this can't find, literally, 30 seconds to add their name to the growing list that find IAW abhorrent. Full details below and if you don't want to take my word for it-listen to 'Beattie'

With your support we can tell people the truth and demonstrate why IAW breaches our country's equality legislation.

In the coming days and weeks students in universities across the country will be urged to participate in Israel Apartheid Week (IAW).

The worst example of an apartheid regime was South Africa, where people were denied their basic rights because they were not white.

It’s unacceptable to compare Israel with South Africa.

Every person in Israel has full equal rights, 1.6 million Arab Israelis have the same rights as the 6.8 million Jewish Israelis, in Israel incitement to racism is a criminal offence, people have freedom of association, freedom of expression, freedom of religion, freedom of speech and they enjoy universal adult suffrage.

Israel is a place where women enjoy equality, religious minorities are free to practice their creeds, the media is unfettered and critical, an independent judiciary protects the powerless from the powerful, educational excellence and scientific innovation are pursued and a welfare state supports the poor.

Israel is a fully functioning and vibrant participatory democracy.

Organisers of Israel Apartheid Week wish to distribute offensive and mendacious propaganda to students in university campuses across the country and in doing so they break the law.

Here’s why.

Universities in Britain and Northern Ireland have a legal duty to foster good relations between students of different nationalities, ethnic groups and/or religious beliefs.

Israeli students are protected as a nationality and Jewish students are protected as an ethnic group, irrespective of their religious beliefs.

To comply with this important duty universities must refuse to allow university property to display false and inflammatory propaganda that includes the phrase “Israel Apartheid Week”

Please join our campaign and e-mail the President of Universities UK and your constituency MP to ensure that British universities comply with the law.

All you need to do is follow this link to make a difference:

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