MUST READ: Lynched in London

Benny Morris spoke to this columnist after almost being
lynched at the London School of Economics. Read this and stop enrolling in anti-Israel universities. There are others.

Giulio Meotti

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“It’s very sad but I felt physically threatened in the heart of London”, Benny Morris told me in a telephone conversation. 

Several days ago, on his way to speak at the London School of Economics, the Israeli historian encountered the tragic reality of “Londonistan”, as the journalist Melanie Phillips labelled the British Islamization.

On the way to his talk, Morris was almost lynched by a mob of leftists and jihadists. He was walking with his wife towards the LSE, when he was accosted by a group of keffiyah-ed Muslims who, recognising him, started hurling abuse, shouting and screaming in his face that he was a “fascist”, “murderer”, “racist” and that UK shouldn’t have let him speak.

The police were called, but when they arrived, the fanatics had melted away.

When Morris finished his lesson on Israel’s war of 1948, he was unceremoniously bundled away through the back exit of the faculty, past the garbage cans, out of fear for his safety if he left the building in the normal manner.

Last year, Cambridge University cancelled a conference by Morris after a Facebook campaign and threats from Islamist groups.

In 2007 Matthias Küntzel, a German political scientist from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, was invited by Leeds University for three days of lectures and seminars. His lecture on “Hitler’s Legacy: Islamic Anti-Semitism in the Middle East” was expected to draw a large audience. But when Küntzel arrived at the British faculty, he was informed that his lecture and the rest of his program had been cancelled “on security grounds”.

The columnists Melanie Phillips was investigated by the UK police for referring to Arabs who murdered the Fogels in Itamar as  “savages” .

Moshe Yaalon, Ehud Barak, Tzipi Livni, Doron Almog and last week Amir Peretz are few Israeli politicians and military figures who had to renounce a UK stop because they risked an arrest for “war crimes”.

“I felt like a Jew in Berlin in the 20’s”, a shaken Morris told me. “Freedom of expression has been severely limited in Europe about the conflict in the Middle East. Israel is an absolute taboo in Europe, as well as criticism of Islam and of the Arab world. European leaders never say ‘Islamic terrorism’, but ‘International terrorism’.

"The Islamist propaganda was able to intimidate the intellectual discussion, Israel has become the symbol of evil and the situation has created a climate of fear. At the London School of Economics I had to be protected by the police. At Cambridge, my class was canceled after intimidation by Islamist groups. The Islamists have money, resources and influence to subdue Europe. I am very pessimistic after the Danish cartoons affair because appeasement is spreading throughout all Europe. And I think that it will only get worse”.

UK is a very significant laboratory to understand what will happen to the rest of Europe: hundreds of famous liberal academics are boycotting Israeli universities, in what the president of Bar Ilan University Moshe Kaveh calledt “academic terrorism”.

Famous faculties, that have been an historical cradle of European civilization, are going to sacrify intellectual freedom to barbarism and obscurantism.

Government organizations are promoting a boycott of Israeli goods from Judea and Samaria; a publisher has been forced to withdraw a book about Mohammed’s wife after death threats; a supporter of Sharia like Tariq Ramadan has been hired by the British government as a consultant; the Anglican church opened the door to Islamic law and boycotted Israel; dozens of Sharia courts are legally working in the British democracy. The welfare state is operating as a factory for suicide bombers and jihadists.

Will Europe become a no-go area for Jews and free Western citizens?