Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Israelis barred from applying to the LSE's Middle East Centre Scholarship Programme

In 2010 I reported on how the new Middle East Centre at the prestigious LSE (London School of Economics) eradicated Israel from the map (literally), and how leading members of the Centre's managment team supported an academic boycott of Israel.  Despite many subsequent assurances that the map was an error and that the Centre "provides balanced and informed analysis of the region ...and is committed to rigorous research and scholarship with the scrupulous preservation of its academic independence" the Centre does not allow Israelis to apply for its Masters Scholarship Programme. Indeed the LSE's web page specifies:

Applicants must be nationals of an Arab League member State: Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, occupied Palestinian territory, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria*, Tunisia, UAE, Yemen.
* Although Syria’s membership to the Arab League has been suspended, applicants from Syria are still eligible to apply.

So it appears that the 'balance' which the LSE Director spoke about still does not include an Israeli viewpoint, which is curious since most of the Centre's "world-leading research" is about the Arab-Israeli conflict, since academics and researchers at the Centre claim that Israel is central to the 'problems' of the Middle East.

I would be interested to know if the Programme is legal, let alone acceptable within LSE's Charter.

There are other ongoing issues about the Centre's anti-Israel stance that I hope to be covering in the coming weeks. Here are the previous links:

Update: Some Israelis are welcome at the Centre .... 

See also: Murder of Israelis celebrated on Holocaust Memorial Day at LSE

1 comment:

Empress Trudy said...

It's really no longer a debatable point that the UK will seek to expel all Jews in the very near future. They will employ the same techniques as the Nazis; make it intolerable for Jews to live there, until they leave and when the last few don't, the UK will seek to ghettoize them claiming it's for their own protection, etc. The UK has maybe 180,000 Jews left and no more than half will ever leave. But in the next decade, 90,000 Jews will flee the UK and the rest will cease to exist as a recognizable community in a generation or less.

In the meantime look for the UK to stop issuing visas for 'Zionist Jews/Israelis' or anyone who's visited Israel to enter the UK.

In terms of freedom, Britain is finished. Lower the flag.