My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Palestine conference cancelled because of anti-semitism...

This is from Australia...
A conference on justice for Palestine due to be held tomorrow at State Parliament has been called off after several high-profile speakers withdrew from the event, citing revelations the convener had made anti-Semitic remarks.

Maqsood Alshams, who had organised the conference 'Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere', made a series of derogatory remarks about Jewish people in several private emails, the Herald revealed on Wednesday.

Two of the conferences key speakers, Antony Loewenstein and Peter Manning, withdrew in a joint email to the convenor at lunchtime today [Wednesday].

"As a Jew who condemns anti-Semitism I though it would be inappropriate to engage in a debate in that kind of environment," said Mr Loewenstein, a blogger and author of My Israel Question. "That does not change the fact that I still feel very strongly about the situation in Gaza."


Anonymous Dr, Richard L. Benkin said...

My name is Dr. Richard Benkin and I started the fight that led to this conference being canceled when I received a violently anti-Semitic email and phone call from the conference convener who had fooled Australians into thinking he is motivated solely by a commitment to human rights. He is typical of what is being done by the leftists and Jew-haters who have taken the language war with the support of the media. The incident shows how each of us can fight this by not laying down when we see injustice. Please see my web site,


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