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Thursday, March 15, 2007

Shla Muzzle Watch - Muslim pressure cancels UK University Lecture

http://zionism-israel.com/israel_news/2007/03/shla-muzzle-watch-muslim-pressure.html

Academic freedom is not for everyone it seems. This is not the "Israel Lobby" at work, is it, muzzling all those critics of Israel?

University of Leeds bows to Muslim protests and at the last minute cancels talk by Dr Matthias Kuentzel on 'Hitler's Legacy: Islamic Antisemitism in the Middle East'
http://www.engageonline.org.uk

This morning, the University of Leeds cancelled a talk, scheduled later for today, and a 2-day workshop series on the topic 'Hitler's Legacy: Islamic Antisemitism in the Middle East' by the German scholar Dr Matthias Kuentzel. The series of events has been well publicised for several weeks.

Last November, Dr Kuentzel gave a talk with the same title at Yale University as part of a series entitled 'Antisemitism in Comparative Perspective', which also featured talks by other internationally scholars such as Bassam Tibi, Wolfgang Benz, Jan Gross, Milton Shain, Ruth Wisse amongst others. He is a research assistant of one the worlds leading institute in the research of antisemitism, the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism (SICSA) at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a member of the board of directors of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East, an organisation with about 8000 supporters throughout the world.
Dr Kuentzel's talk is part of a series of scholars' and artists' talks at the German Department. The series is supported by a grant form the School of Modern Languages, who did not raise any issues during the grant application process.

The reason the University gives for the cancellation of the talk and seminars by Dr Kuentzel are security concerns. These concerns are founded on emails received by the Office of the Vice Chancellor. The sudden cancellation is a sell-out of academic freedom, especially freedom of speech, at the University of Leeds.

Dr Annette Seidel Arpacı
Morten Hunke

Please contact the Vice Chancellor's Office at 0113-3434030 or e-mail m.j.p.arthur@adm.leeds.ac.uk


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