We’ve seen a lot of demos recently. Demos in defence of Palestinians. Demos against Israel. Demos in defence of Israel.
On Harry’s Place, David T calls for a picket in defence of Jews. For those unfamiliar with stimulus for this picket, I will try to post on why we should participate later. Meanwhile, read his piece, from which:
On 23-29 March 2009, the School of Oriental and African Studies is holding a conference on Political Islam. The conference, which costs £1,890, has been ‘convened’ by Dr Khaled Hroub and Dr Sarah Stewart. Khaled Hroub is an academic at Cambridge who refuses to call suicide bombers ‘terrorists’.
There is value in the academic study of Islamism. This conference should certainly take place. However it should not take place without a non-disruptive protest. This is why.
There are two speakers at this conference whose participation should be marked by some action that ensures that attendees are fully aware of the obnoxious nature of their politics.
The first is Dr Ibrahim Moussaoui, a Hezbollah spokesman who was Head of the foreign department at Al-Manar TV, the official media outlet of Hizbullah in Lebanon.
The second is Dr Kamal Helbawy, the senior Muslim Brotherhood officer in the United Kingdom, who now operates from his own Muslim Brotherhood front organisation, which he calls the “Centre for the Study of Terrorism”.