Torch-2012-05-23093-
BABRURY-XC-JUMP-473
Ogbourne
Silbury-Sunset---10-06-08-----07
Remebrance-18-3
Landscape
Gordon-and-Sam
Remebrance-18-2
Musical-Time-Machine5
Snowy-High-Street
1stXV-and-others-with-Mayor
Sunset
Brooks-Williams1
D812668
MYFC005
TdB-Pewsey044
Inbox-1
Turin-Brakes6
Bluebells-in-West-Woods-10-05-09------30
EARLY-MORNING-CANTER-473-
Sunset2
George-Wilding-301
Town-Hall-2011-05-0308-
White-Horse
Big-Bull
Brazier
Camilla-MSM
SBJ
4MI-2013-11-28030
D4S0472
Roving-Crows1
Inbox2
Marlborough-under-snow-from-above---Pete-Davies
FROSTY-MORNING-
Duke-of-Kent086
JazzFestSat572
IMG9097
MBORO-HOCKEY-YOUTH-473
Camilla-2012-10-19152
Civic-Service-18
Christmas-Lights15-11-20097
Animals06
Remebrance-18-1
Mop-Fair---10-10-09------08
D4S9273
Tina-May5
YELLOWHAMMER-473-
Scouting-for-Girls7
Marlborough-2013-04-18StPeters
IMG8472
Inquisitive-sheep-in-West-Overton
Hares017cropped
Pete-Gage-Band1

 

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Summer School course about Israel

 

Sirs  
I was disturbed by your article on the forthcoming Marlborough College Summer School invitation to Christopher Barder to run a course titled "100 years after the Balfour Declaration - Why the West needs Israel".



Leaving aside the rights and wrongs of Britain unilaterally making these international decisions on behalf of other countries (colonialism was clearly alive and well), included in the Balfour Declaration are the words that ‘His Majesty’s Government views with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine’. [My underlining.]

Having recently returned from Israel/Palestine and witnessed and heard the testimonies of people and organisations - including NGOs made up of both Palestinians and Israelis that are working for peace and reconciliation and in the field of human rights, and addressing some of the issues meted out by the Israeli Government and military (e.g. illegal Israeli settlements on the West Bank, the continuing occupation of East Jerusalem, the appalling treatment of children accused of throwing stones without evidence or access to legal representation), it concerns me that Christopher Barder's views may be very one sided, given the promotion he has been accorded in the Summer School brochure.

The accusation of anti-semitism is all too easy in this instance, when so many people are simply concerned with the abuses of human rights by the Israeli Government and have no concern for their ethnic origins.

Would it not be reasonable, given the highly sensitive nature of the politics of this region, a) to ask Christopher Barder exactly what line he intends to take and b) invite someone with the same knowledge and experience, but having different views to speak in the same course in order that those attending it can then make up their minds as to with which approach they feel most sympathy.  The organisation Jews for Justice in Palestine springs to mind.
Dr Nick Maurice,
Marlborough

Print

4MI-2013-11-28030
Town-Hall-2011-05-0308-
George-Wilding-301
White-Horse
Musical-Time-Machine5
Camilla-2012-10-19152
MYFC005
Turin-Brakes6
Camilla-MSM
SBJ
Roving-Crows1
Pete-Gage-Band1
Animals06
CivicSelfie1
Sunset2
Marlborough-2013-04-18StPeters
Marlborough-under-snow-from-above---Pete-Davies
Civic-Service-18
Brazier
Bluebells-in-West-Woods-10-05-09---30
Sunset
Remebrance-18-2
IMG8472
TdB-Pewsey044
D812668
Torch-2012-05-23093-
Ogbourne
Christmas-Lights15-11-20097
Big-Bull
Hares017cropped
Duke-of-Kent086
Tina-May5
IMG9097
Silbury-Sunset---10-06-08---07
JazzFestSat572
Snowy-High-Street
1stXV-and-others-with-Mayor
Inquisitive-sheep-in-West-Overton
Mop-Fair---10-10-09---08
Remebrance-18-1
Landscape
Brooks-Williams1
ARKManton-2012-01-1449-
D4S0472
Gordon-and-Sam
D4S9273
Scouting-for-Girls7
Remebrance-18-3