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Australia: University argues for ‘freedom of speech’ after ‘Death to Israel’ article in student paper



Do you think the university would be prattling on about “academic freedom” and the “freedom of speech” if On Dit had published an article discussing how Islamic jihadis use the texts and teachings of Islam to justify jihad violence and Sharia oppression of women and others? Neither do I.

“University of Adelaide and Antisemitic Student Paper Editor Respond to Complaints About ‘Death to Israel’ Article,” IsraellyCool, September 1, 2022 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):

Following the brouhaha over student newspaper On Dit editor Habibah Jaghoori’s vile article calling for ‘Death to Israel’, the University of Adelaide’s Vice Chancellor office sent the following to those of us who expressed concern:

Thank you for your email to the Vice-Chancellor.

On Dit is a student publication and elected student media editors, rather than University management, carry independent editorial responsibility for its content. 

Like other higher education institutions, the University of Adelaide’s support of academic freedom and freedom of speech is reflected in its Freedom of Speech Policy. However, the University recognises that there are legal restraints on freedom of speech, including restraints on inciting violence and vilification on the ground of race.  The University deplores religious and racial discrimination including antisemitism.

The University remains committed to a safe and inclusive campus on which all, irrespective of race or religion, are treated with respect.

I have asked for clarification as to what the University remaining “committed to a safe and inclusive campus on which all, irrespective of race or religion, are treated with respect” actually means in terms of definitive action.

Meanwhile, Jaghoori herself has responded by digger [sic] herself a bigger hole while showing just how vile she truly is:

The editor of South Australian student magazine On Dit has clarified to The AJN that “Death to Israel” means “death to the state, to the war criminal IDF, to the occupations and to Zionism”, in an email she also signed off with “Death to Israel”.

The AJN had reached out to the editors of the student publication for comment about the recent article titled For Palestine, There is No Ceasefire.

In her response, On Dit editor and author Habibah Jaghoori emphasised that in her view “Judaism and Zionism are completely separate”.

“The revolutionary slogan of ‘Death to Israel’ is not antisemitic,” she said, adding, “Palestinians themselves are Semites.”…