November 05, 2011

Norman Finkelstein in the UK




Norman Finkelstein speaking engagements in the UK but check out additional info below the list for what is happening in Manchester:

DATE 7/11/2011
PLACE: University of Leeds
TIME:  7:00 PM
SPONSORS Palestinian Return Centre
CONTACT EMAIL ADDRESS AND TELEPHONE NUMBER irial@hotmail.co.uk+447976637686
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DATE 8/11/2011
PLACE: University of Manchester Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, M2 5NS
TIME 7:00 PM
SPONSORS Palestinian Return Centre
CONTACT EMAIL ADDRESS AND TELEPHONE NUMBER sana.aburawa@student.manchester.ac.uk+447871663857
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DATE 9/11/2011
PLACE University of Nottingham
TIME 6:00PM
SPONSORS Palestinian Return Centre
CONTACT EMAIL ADDRESS AND TELEPHONE NUMBER miss.raja@live.co.uk+447411430873
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DATE 10/11/2011
PLACE University of Birmingham
TIME 6:00 PM
SPONSORS Palestinian Return Centre
CONTACT EMAIL ADDRESS AND TELEPHONE NUMBER cxc087@bham.ac.uk+447792284352
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DATE 11/11/2011
PLACE Logan Hall, London
TIME 7 PM
SPONSORS Palestinian Return Centre and Jews for Boycotting Israeli Goods
CONTACT EMAIL ADDRESS AND TELEPHONE NUMBER laythhanbali@hotmail.com+447935819927 
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Manchester venue changed after lobbying from the, er, lobby, in this instance the Jewish Society, an affiliate of the Union of Jewish Students which in turn is an affiliate of the World Zionist Organisation.  Here's Jews for Boycotting Israeli Goods on what happened to change the venue:

Manchester University has caved in to Zionist pressure and forced students organising a speaking tour by Professor Norman Finkelstein to move his planned lecture off campus.
Students from Manchester Action Palestine said the university management and Union “capitulated to pressure from JSOC [Jewish Society] to limit attendees of the event to students only, depriving the public of seeing one of the world’s foremost commentators on the Israel-Palestine conflict.”
JSOC members alleged that the safety of Jewish students would be endangered if the public were allowed in, even though they had made clear their own intention to attend and hold a picket.
Instead of standing up to this blatant attempt to interfere with freedom of expression, administrators issued an ultimatum saying that the lecture would have to be closed to non-students or be cancelled.
Action Palestine has been obliged to find a new location in the city. They are asking supporters to send protest letters to Martin Conway (martin.conway@manchester.ac.uk) Head of Governance Office and Deputy Secretary, and Pat Sponder (pat.sponder@manchester.ac.uk) Head of the Office of Student Support and Services.
According to the UJS website they "want to be open and honest about what we do" and yet the only indication that are a affiliates of the World Zionist Organisation is in a blog post from last year. I don't think the Manchester University Jewish Society even pretends to be, what was it? oh yes, "open and honest about what we do".

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