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University Anti-Semitism

Tex elaborates on the incident that upset him a few days ago.

For the last five years, I’ve had my own office at the Australian National University.

I’ve always decorated the door (and office) with posters (usually of motorbikes), Dilbert comics, Ren & Stimpy pics, and so forth.

At the ANU, one of these images is considered offensive. Go on, try to guess which one.

Last week, after shifting to a different office (in the same small building) I put an A4-sized Israeli flag on the door.

On Tuesday, my building manager pointed to it and asked: “what’s this flag?”

“It’s the Israeli flag” I tell her. Building manager goes away, and I don’t think any more of it.

On Wednesday, the building manager pops by again, and tells me I’ll have to remove “those things” from my door.

I asked why I had to do so. She said a number of people had “taken offence” at some of my decorative items.

“What” says I: “people find motorcycle posters offensive?”

No, I was told, “it’s these two that are the problem”

“these two” that she was referring to are an A4-sized flag of Israel, and a paper shooting target I brought back from Los Angeles.

The target contains a picture of a well-known political leader, and someone apparently took offence at the sight of his head with bullet holes in it.

Ah, you may ask, who’s bullet-ridden visage was in this picture that would cause such offence? Ghandi? Martin Luther King? Neville Bonner? Well, not quite.

The face on the paper target belongs to that well-known humanitarian SADDAM HUSSEIN.

Yesiree, in an institution where printed material is displayed comparing John Howard and Dubya to Adolf hitler, and where a university-wide mailing list is used to advertise protest marches against our “racist” government (despite a policy stating that they are to be used only for university administrative matters), where conversations over coffee breaks routinely refer to conservative voters as lunatics, idiots and warmongers, I have been asked to remove the flag of a civilised, democratic country and a picture of a mass-murderer with bullet holes in it. All on the grounds of not creating an offensive and discriminatory workplace for my lovely colleagues.

Oddly, the Saddam target had been on display since I returned from the USA back in May 2003. It had aroused no complaint, and neither had any of my other decorations.

Yet days after sticking a Jewish symbol to my door, I’m asked to remove it, on the grounds that it is offensive imagery. It was also perfectly obvious from what I was told that it was the nasty Jewflag that was the most problematic image.

Just think about this: I live in a democratic country, in the year 2004, and a Jewish flag is considered offensive imagery.

I’m not entirely sure what to do about this. I find the institutionalised tolerance of leftist bigotry utterly disgusting. I have not yet removed the items in question, and nor will I.

I don’t know what to do. I cannot direct any anger at the building manager: she was simply doing her job in acting on complaints received, and attempting to resolve it one-on-one.

I like my new job, and I’m not keen on sacrificing myself to make some political point. But this shit simply cannot be tolerated. I am not willing to submit to disgusting anti-Jewish, nutjob-leftist bigotry just to appease the bastards who have made these vile complaints against me, especially in an institution which allows – and even encourages – the voices of the crazed left to flourish.

Universities: where free thought and open debate are nurtured.

And if he had put up a PLO Arab flag, he probably would have been invited to give lectures across campus.

Update: And yet another incident of anti-Semitism in Australia.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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