Although Mike Cushman is the leader of the movement in the University and College Union to exclude people who work at Israeli universities from UK campuses, he has always denied being antisemitic. Indeed, he speaks often “as a Jew”.
Now Cushman has approvingly posted an old antisemitic article from The Palestine Chronicle on the “Just Peace UK” website.
The article about “Zionist” influence begins by listing the number of “Jews” who sit in the British Houses of Parliament.
It goes on to construct a story to demonstrate how Tony Blair required Jewish “Zionist” money to run the New Labour project after he had cut Labour’s reliance on trade union funding.
The article is available on The Palestinian Chronicle website here. Cushman posted it here: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/JustPeaceUK/message/25717.
A pattern is beginning to emerge with Mike Cushman.
Cushman is the man who leapt to the defence of the UCU member who advised union colleagues to read a piece of conspiracy theory on former KKK leader David Duke’s website.
Cushman is also the man who came up with the following stereotype about Jews and their relationship to universities:
“Universities are to Israel what the springboks were to South Africa: the symbol of their national identity.”
He is the man who was feted by the Iranian state propaganda machine.
He is the man who wrote a fawning account of his recent trip to Hamas-ruled Gaza.
But surely now that he has posted an antisemitic article on a Palestine solidarity website, his reputation in the union will be in tatters and he will be forced to resign from his leadership position in BRICUP?
No. I don’t suppose it will make any difference at all.