The University of Sussex has become embroiled in a debate over private donors after it created a new chair in “modern Israeli studies” .
The position was established by Lord Weidenfeld, who admitted on a BBC radio show he put up the cash to fight the “anti-Semitism” he believes is on campus.
Gosh! Why would he think that? It’s not like they have prominent Islamists on campus, is it?
His remarks go against university rules which stress gifts should not compromise a university’s independence or create conflicts of interest.
Funny. They don’t seem quite so fussy about things like that in other seats of learning…
The resulting row has brought into question the role of philanthropists and their influence on universities.
Rob French, vice president of Sussex University and College Union, said the row highlighted the union’s concerns over academic freedom.
He said: “When academic posts are funded by external parties you have to ask, ‘who pays the ferryman?’.
“Who is calling the tune without actually writing that academic freedom down in the contract?
“We are striving to maintain independence but at Sussex it is being fanned by another issue.
“Decisions are being made not in consultation with the university community.”
Mr French said the university was in danger of “selling its soul” if it did not maintain its independence and risked alienating students and staff.
He said it would be interesting to see if an Arab would be allowed to take the post or whether the sponsor would be able to veto it.
Because only the comrades should have the power of veto, I guess. As a commenter points out:
And it is not only Jews who are persecuted or outlawed in Arab countries. Now it is Christians who are being treated appallingly. Yet, there is not a murmur of complaint from all those who are happy to condemn Israel, nor from our politicians for that matter. It would be interesting to know if Mr French would take the same attitude with the Arab benefactors – or is it allright for some races and not others to persecute non-Muslims?
Of course, pointing out the rampant double standards here is – naturally! – proof of ‘Zionist infuriation’ for some:
Wow, the Argus Watch pro Israelis are out in force today, almost as if they had a state sponsored organisation dedicated to pumping out pro Israeli propaganda. All these new posters on this site who only post on topics related to Israel and who only post pro Israeli comments, makes you wonder. Well it doesnt make you wonder at all actually its the normal blinkered Israeli fanatics in total denial about their country’s appalling human rights record who are paid by Israel to post on sites like this when ever a story relating to Israel crops up.
Ok lets go back to basics, if you steal someone elses land, thats wrong. Its that simple, you dont have a right to steal another peoples country, simples as another pro Israelis shill said a little while ago.
Strange, such a fuss over ‘stealing other people’s land’. I thought they were very keen on that sort of thing at the University of Sussex!