Thursday, February 9, 2012

Alison Weir to speak at Texas universities

Alison Weir, the anti-Israel activist notable for her advocacy of the truth of the "blood libel" and its relevance to Israeli policy (read here and here), is scheduled to speak this week at three events in Texas, including one at Rice University and one at University of Houston Law School.

According to the Houston Jewish Herald-Voice (read here: Anti-Israel advocate to speak at Rice, UH):

The Baker Institute Student Forum is sponsoring Weir’s Rice visit. The student-run organization, dedicated to fostering student involvement in public policy, is hosting a talk from Israeli academic, Dr. Dov Shinar, at Rice the following day. The latter program is meant to be a counter-balance to Weir’s appearance, according to a Rice student familiar with the events. The Baker Institute Student Forum is committed to a balanced issues discourse at Rice, the student told the JHV. 
Besides Rice, Weir is scheduled to speak Friday, Feb. 10, at 5 p.m., at the UH Law School. The event is sponsored by UH’s Muslim Law Student Association. 
On Saturday, Feb. 11, Weir is scheduled to speak at the Westin Galleria hotel, where she will share a podium with Nihad Awad, national executive director of CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations. This event is sponsored by Palestinian American Bridge..
Ms. Weir complains on her blog that the Baker Institute calendar has not listed her presentation, and that it will not be webcast. She writes without explanation that this is "odd" and goes on to complain that the Baker Institute will webcast a pro-Israel presentation on the day following her presentation. She also questions whether the anonymous Jewish student cited in the Herald-Voice report expressing concerns about her presentation actually exists and describes the report as "offensive nonsense".

Houston activists promoting Alison Weir website using image of Anne Frank as a Palestinian


Rebecca said...

They couldn't find anyone more respectable (and opposed to anti-semitism) to represent the Palestinian point of view? For example, Hussein Ibish, or even Ali Abunimah (I don't like him, but he's not an antisemite).

Josh said...

Anti-Semite Gilad Atzmon to Speak at "Global March to Jerusalem" Benefit in Oakland


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