Phi Beta Cons

Charade at Oxford

Last weekend a debate sponsored by Oxford University’s student union took place, according to the Jerusalem Post.
Olga Belogolova, a student from Boston University studying at Oxford, was “shocked” to hear Ted Honderich, a professor at University College London, say that “Palestinians have a moral right to terrorism.” “It was disappointing to see how many people were applauding the obviously radical speakers who were at times dishonest during the debate,” she said. “It was disappointing to see students who agreed with the justification of terrorism and who were not questioning the rhetoric of the speakers.”
Lewis Turner from Oxford’s New College said that Israel is, for Jewish people, “one of the most dangerous places for them to live.”
Yair Zivan, a leader of the Union of Jewish Students, stated, “The debate was another childish attempt at sensationalism by the Oxford Union.” “To have a debate about Israel without a single mainstream voice present shows the debate was the farce we expected. The Oxford Union owes better to its membership to allow for intellectual debate and they should try to seriously engage with issues.”
And it lays claim to the title “Debating Society.”

Candace de Russy is a nationally recognized expert on education and cultural issues.

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