UCU remembers the past but ignores the present

BY Ex-UCU member.

I am afraid that this reference to antisemitism and the Holocaust by the UCU which, in the words of David Hirsh,
focuses on things “a long time ago” not only ignores the antisemitism that is currently rife in its ranks but also acts as a means of legitimising it.

It is, in effect, nothing more than a fig leaf so that when anti-racists complain about contemporary antisemitism within its ranks they can point to this poster and claim that how can they, the UCU, be antisemitic when they have this poster about the Holocaust.

In many ways, this public relations exercise is similar to that adopted by the far-right in other parts of Europe. When asked if they deny the Holocaust, they now tend to say that it did happen and what a terrible thing it is. And, in so doing, they get a pass for the antisemitic bile (often, but not always in the guise of anti-zionism) that they still propagate.

Whilst of course not of the far-right (even if some of the “anti-Zionism” that its activist spout is of the same kind), the function of the new poster serves the same purpose. By recognising past antisemitism, they think they can get a pass for the present.
After all, if they were serious about combating antisemitism then they would begin to wonder on why so many members, many of whom are Jewish, have resigned over the recent boycott issue; why those opposing the boycott have been subject to abuse and bullying; why conspiracy theories about “Zionist Lobbies” and “Zionist power” are a constant topic of discussion; and so on and so forth.

Apart from the far right and other assorted groups, the idea that the Holocaust was a terrible and tragic thing is hardly controversial. More difficult is the recognition of contemporary antisemitism, the antisemitism that attaches itself to anti-Zionism that the UCU against which the UCU nor only fail to challenge, but which it regularly propagates.

Ex-UCU member.

2 Responses to “UCU remembers the past but ignores the present”

  1. Bill Says:

    I don’t care if antisemites acknowledge that the holocaust existed and that it was bad. They are still antisemites. I have a lot of trouble even calling it a fig leaf. It’s like accepting a creation “scientist” because he accepts the classic lab experiments where they proved that bacteria evolved via natural selection but still insist that we teach about a divine hand (or even just “teach the controversy”).

    I don’t understand how people can suddenly call such folk reformed in any sense and expect to be seen as honest, themselves (Richard and the ex member certainly don’t of course). By when people imply as much, it puts antisemitism in a pedestal behind bullet proof glass where no one can get in (nor it out). “Antisemitism is holocaust denial, the protocols, swastikas and the like. It’s not drooling over M&W, whispering about a lobby and the secret allegiances of Jewish faculty who are coy about their opinions on Israel, and it’s certainly not the incident that you just witnessed and stop implying that it is since it clearly isn’t despite it hitting all the human resources office’s checkboxes.” Uh, no.

  2. Brian Goldfarb Says:

    Please imagine my comment to the item immediately below this one repeated here.

    Thank you.

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