‘Flag Racism’ at St. Andrews
September 14, 2011 11 Comments
Chanan Reitblat is an observant Jew, paying top-dollar to study at Yeshiva University in New York, and for a term at St. Andrews University in Scotland. Reitblat studies chemistry.
Paul Donnachie is a heavy-drinking, loutish boor who has the taxpayer to thank for heavily subsidizing his education before recently being kicked off the St. Andrews campus.
Paul Donnachie represents much of what is wrong in Western nations like Scotland. For one, there are far too many people in university that really shouldn’t be. I suspect he was one of them.
Donnachie is an anti-Israel activist. Rabidly anti-Israel sentiment is usually a good sign of a Western country’s decline. Scotland, much like Ireland, is full of these uninformed loudmouths. They make up much of the student population. One wonders: what on earth went wrong with the nation that produced Hume, Smith and so many luminaries of the Enlightenment and Industrial Revolution? Are their descendants overweight, on welfare and wearing keffiyehs? The people of Scotland, victims of socialist experimentation, turn their back on civilization and identify with the savage.
Donnachie put his hands on his genitals, and smeared them on an Israeli flag owned by Reitblat. The flag was a gift from his brother in the IDF, and carried high sentimental value. Reitblat was verbally abused by Donnachie, and even called a “terrorist”.
Donnachie was booted out of university, a wise decision on the part of St. Andrews that preserves the dignity of the institution. Yesterday, a Scottish court gave him 150 hours of community service. To get this matter out of the way, I must say that I absolutely support freedom of speech. If a student wishes to burn an Israeli flag at a demonstration, he should be free to do so. The nature of this case is very different.
Now, I’ve witnessed the truly insane level of anti-Israel sentiment that exists in Ireland, and its one of the reasons why I will never move back there. ‘Palestine Solidarity’ groups are similarly strong in Scotland, the home of the bombastic George Galloway, who calls Israel the “Hitler state on the Mediterranean” (while fond of leaders like Bashar al-Assad at the same time). In these places, the debate on Israel, its neighbors and enemies is completely dominated by a noisy, extreme clique made up of the likes of Paul Donnachie, the Socialist Workers Party and similarly nefarious groups. London has these idiots too (we are home to SOAS, after all) but at least there is some diversity of opinion.
I hope experiences like this don’t turn off Orthodox Jews and friends of Israel, such as Chanan Reitblat, from studying on European campuses for fear of such facing a hostile, bigoted atmosphere. That would only hasten Europe’s descent into the new Dark Age (some universities, such as in Norway, actually ban speakers who defend Israel). Europe would be a far poorer place in many senses should this occur.