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Sue Blackwell demands freedom of speech for Hizbullah and Hamas but not for Engage
Added by David Hirsh on July 03, 2007 12:15:44 PM.
Sue Blackwell demands freedom of speech for Hizbullah and Hamas but not for EngageThe week after Sue Blackwell threatened to take Engage to court in order to stop us saying what we believe, she is up in arms in defence of free speech. In a post to the Just Peace UK website, she highlights the case of OURAIM Magazine on Hamas & Hizbullah, which has apparently been seized by UK police under Section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000, for displaying the Hamas logo on the front cover. The magazine carries articles from the leaders of Hamas and Hizbullah.

So Blackwell wants to make it illegal in the UK for us to say that she supports the campaign to exclude Israeli academics from UK campuses.

But she wants it to be legal for the leaders of Hamas and Hizbollah to speak. Perhaps she has in mind UCU's current policy which states "Congress believes that... criticism of Israel cannot be construed as antisemitic".

This is what Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hizbullah, has to say, as his antisemitic troops goose-step around doing Nazi salutes, this is the kind of hate-speech that Sue Blackwell is keen to protect:
"Jews invented the legend of the Holocaust." Washington Post

"[I]f [Jews] all gather in Israel, it will save us the trouble of going after them worldwide." Daily Star, Lebanon

"If we searched the entire world for a person more cowardly, despicable, weak and feeble in psyche, mind, ideology and religion, we would not find anyone like the Jew. Notice, I do not say the Israeli." New Yorker
Here are some extracts not from things written by the leaders of Hamas, but from the very founding document of that organisation:
From Article 7
The Prophet, Allah bless him and grant him salvation, has said: "The Day of Judgement will not come about until Moslems fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Moslems, O Abdulla, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him. Only the Gharkad tree, (evidently a certain kind of tree) would not do that because it is one of the trees of the Jews." (related by al-Bukhari and Moslem).

From Article 13
Initiatives, and so-called peaceful solutions and international conferences, are in contradiction to the principles of the Islamic Resistance Movement. Abusing any part of Palestine is abuse directed against part of religion. Nationalism of the Islamic Resistance Movement is part of its religion. …

From Article 17
The Moslem woman has a role no less important than that of the Moslem man in the battle of liberation. She is the maker of men. Her role in guiding and educating the new generations is great. The enemies have realised the importance of her role. They consider that if they are able to direct and bring her up they way they wish, far from Islam, they would have won the battle. That is why you find them giving these attempts constant attention through information campaigns, films, and the school curriculum, using for that purpose their lackeys who are infiltrated through Zionist organizations under various names and shapes, such as Freemasons, Rotary Clubs, espionage groups and others, which are all nothing more than cells of subversion and saboteurs. These organizations have ample resources that enable them to play their role in societies for the purpose of achieving the Zionist targets and to deepen the concepts that would serve the enemy. These organizations operate in the absence of Islam and its estrangement among its people. The Islamic peoples should perform their role in confronting the conspiracies of these saboteurs. The day Islam is in control of guiding the affairs of life, these organizations, hostile to humanity and Islam, will be obliterated.

From Article 22
For a long time, the enemies have been planning, skillfully and with precision, for the achievement of what they have attained. ...They strived to amass great and substantive material wealth which they devoted to the realisation of their dream. With their money, they took control of the world media, news agencies, the press, publishing houses, broadcasting stations, and others. With their money they stirred revolutions in various parts of the world with the purpose of achieving their interests and reaping the fruit therein. They were behind the French Revolution, the Communist revolution and most of the revolutions we heard and hear about, here and there. With their money they formed secret societies, such as Freemasons, Rotary Clubs, the Lions and others in different parts of the world for the purpose of sabotaging societies and achieving Zionist interests. With their money they were able to control imperialistic countries and instigate them to colonize many countries in order to enable them to exploit their resources and spread corruption there.

You may speak as much as you want about regional and world wars. They were behind World War I, when they were able to destroy the Islamic Caliphate, making financial gains and controlling resources. They obtained the Balfour Declaration, formed the League of Nations through which they could rule the world. They were behind World War II, through which they made huge financial gains by trading in armaments, and paved the way for the establishment of their state. It was they who instigated the replacement of the League of Nations with the United Nations and the Security Council to enable them to rule the world through them. There is no war going on anywhere, without having their finger in it.

From Article 32
World Zionism, together with imperialistic powers, try through a studied plan and an intelligent strategy to remove one Arab state after another from the circle of struggle against Zionism, in order to have it finally face the Palestinian people only. Egypt was, to a great extent, removed from the circle of the struggle, through the treacherous Camp David Agreement. They are trying to draw other Arab countries into similar agreements and to bring them outside the circle of struggle.

The Islamic Resistance Movement calls on Arab and Islamic nations to take up the line of serious and persevering action to prevent the success of this horrendous plan, to warn the people of the danger eminating from leaving the circle of struggle against Zionism. Today it is Palestine, tomorrow it will be one country or another. The Zionist plan is limitless. After Palestine, the Zionists aspire to expand from the Nile to the Euphrates. When they will have digested the region they overtook, they will aspire to further expansion, and so on. Their plan is embodied in the "Protocols of the Elders of Zion", and their present conduct is the best proof of what we are saying.
Leaving the circle of struggle with Zionism is high treason… There is no way out except by concentrating all powers and energies to face this Nazi, vicious Tatar invasion. The alternative is loss of one's country, the dispersion of citizens, the spread of vice on earth and the destruction of religious values.
Blackwell herself speaks out against antisemitism and against Holocaust denial. She advocates free speech for the antisemities and the Holocaust deniers. But not for Engage. It is allowed to say that the Jews should be killed but it is beyond the limits of free speech, according to her, to say that she supports the exclusion of Israeli academics from UK campuses.