On Monday night (8 Feb. 2010), at Oxford University, Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon delivered a lecture to an angry crowd of students, faculty, and others. The harassment he received there from many in the audience was pretty standard for what Jews and Israelis get at universities when discussing Israel. The following article from the Jerusalem Post contains video of some of this abuse and harassment. According to the Post, one of the Muslims shouted as he left the lecture hall, "ItbáH al yahúd!" ("Slaughter the Jews!"). From the article:
Ayalon had considered pressing charges before police began their investigation. “This demonstrates our new policy on hatred and racism and we will have zero tolerance for anti-Semitism, something that should have happened a long time ago,” said the Deputy Foreign Minister.
In the UK, there are laws which ban incitement and hate speech as well as laws that allow individuals to sue in civil court over such speech when used in public. If the Deputy Foreign Minister goes ahead with the suit it will demonstrate, if nothing else, that the steady drumbeat of Jew-hatred from the Wahhabi will not be tolerated by Jews visiting the UK.
According to this article from Arutz Sheva, the man shouting "itbáH al yahúd" was not the only harassment that Deputy Minister Ayalon received at Oxford. One student shouted, "We will do to you what we did to Milosevic," the former Serbian prime minister who died during war trials at the Hague. Several students tried to physically assault Ayalon but were prevented from doing so by security.
Considering that Geert Wilders is on trial for defaming Muslims, penalizing the Muslim who shouted "Slaughter the Jew!" for hate speech at Oxford is only fair.
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