The debaters were Ran Greenstein, David Hirsh, Joel Fishman and Na’eem Jenah.
Na’eem Jeenah was yesterdy detained at Ben Gurion airport in Israel, not allowed into the country by Israeli authorities, and deported to Turkey. For more on this, see the report on the Voice of the Cape website. The Israelis said he constituted a security threat.
During the debate at UJ, Jeenah claimed that the Israeli state had a policy of shooting Palestinian school children. The issue of slippage was raised with Jeenah. It was said that the discourse tends to shift from Israel not being careful enough to avoid collaterol damage, to Israel targeting children, to Israel as the child-killing state. “This is not the first time Jews have been accused of murdering children,” Hirsh said to him. Jeemah didn’t take this idea seriously, but responded simply by saying that it was outrageous that he was bieng accused of being antisemitic.
Jeemah also remembered nostalgically how he used to sing “beat up the whites” in the times of apartheid. Hirsh said that in this debate, “beat up the Jews” resonated quite differently from “beat up the whites”.