Email This Article
Your Name:
Your Email:
Email To:
Comment:
Optional
Authentication:  
10 + 8 = ?: (Required) Please type in the correct answer to the math question.

  
clear
You are sending a link to...
Jews Barred from Attending Warwick University Eugenic Libel Event

by Sally Ross

Two nights ago, the University of Warwick Faculty arranged a public talk organized by a group called Warwick for Justice in Palestine that accused Israel of eugenics.

As with most medical or technological innovations, Israel is a global powerhouse in fertility treatment.

“Every Israeli citizen, regardless of race, religion or color, receives equal treatment. If you are Muslim and in need of IVF then no citizenship in the world, guarantees you the sort of world-class treatment that being an Israeli does.” Says David Collier, who’s blog records the event

The event entitled Anticolonial Resistance is Fertile: Sperm Smuggling and Birth Strikes in Palestine, was advertised as follows:

The state of Israel is known for its pro-natalist stance concerning the usage, regulation and subsidizing of assisted reproductive technologies, including IVF, egg donation, surrogacy and PGD in order to guarantee the highly valued right of genetic parenthood for its citizenry. Yet, critical scholars have rightly argued that Israel’s pronatalism is a selective one, primarily aimed to serve the reproductive rights of its Jewish population at the expense of the indigenous Palestinian population. This lecture aims to unsettle Israel’s stratified “reproductive-demographic nexus” from a settler colonial and bio-capitalist perspective. Rather than understanding Israel’s fertility policies in terms of rights, choice, peace and reconciliation, it will propose a reproductive strategy framework that takes power, struggle and resistance in/through the reproductive spheres as conceptual and political points of departure.  By looking into two particular instances of reproductive sabotage (a sperm smuggling by Palestinian political prisoners and the birth strike promoted by the Gays against Surrogacy collective we will explore how practices of assisted reproduction can materialize as an equally stratified site of resistance and empowerment in Palestinians…

In the talk given by Dr Siggie Vertommen, a Marie Curie Research Fellow at the Department of Global Health & Social Medicine at King’s College London, Israel was falsely accused of practicing eugenics but Jews themselves were barred from attending, and so could not defend against yet another anti-Semitic canard. 

Israel is well known for its pro-natalist stance which is duly proclaimed in the event flyer, but the flyer goes on to say that ‘critical scholars have rightly argued that Israel’s pronatalism is a selective one, primarily to serve the reproductive rights of its Jewish population at the expense of the indigenous Palestinian population‘. It argues that ‘rather than understanding Israel’s fertility policies in terms of rights, choice, peace and reconciliation’, she will present it by proposing “a reproductive strategy framework that takes power, struggle and resistance in/through the reproductive spheres as conceptual and political points of departure.  By looking into two particular instances of reproductive sabotage” she will present it in a ‘reproductive sabotage framework‘– or in other words she is talking – eugenics.

Vertommen’s argument is that Israel is seeking to enhance the Jewish population through eugenics, but at the same time proposes her own eugenic solutions through Palestinian ‘reproductive sabotage’.

Collier and two other Jews tried to attend the meeting, supposedly a public event, were barred from entry.


Available at Amazon.com & Amazon UK

Your shopping matters. Shop for Father's Day at http://smile.amazon.com/ch/56-2572448 and Amazon donates to World Encounter Institute Inc.

Subscribe

Categories

A.J. Caschetta (6) Alexander Murinson (1) Andrew Harrod (2) Bat Ye'or (6) Brex I Teer (2) Brian of London (31) Christina McIntosh (843) Christopher DeGroot (2) Conrad Black (316) Daniel Mallock (3) David P. Gontar (7) David Solway (70) David Wemyss (1) Dexter Van Zile (73) Dr. Michael Welner (3) Emmet Scott (1) Esmerelda Weatherwax (9030) Fred Leder (1) Friedrich Hansen (7) G. Murphy Donovan (56) Gary Fouse (73) Geert Wilders (12) Geoffrey Clarfield (305) Hannah Rubenstein (3) Hossein Khorram (2) Hugh Fitzgerald (20598) Ibn Warraq (9) Ilana Freedman (2) James Como (16) James Robbins (1) Jerry Gordon (2496) Jerry Gordon and Lt. Gen. Abakar M. Abdallah (1) Jesse Sandoval (1) John Constantine (118) John Hajjar (5) John M. Joyce (379) Jonathan Hausman (4) Joseph S. Spoerl (10) Kenneth Lasson (1) Kenneth Timmerman (25) Lorna Salzman (9) Louis Rene Beres (37) Mark Anthony Signorelli (11) Mark Durie (7) Mary Jackson (5066) Matthew Hausman (31) Michael Curtis (442) Mordechai Nisan (1) NER (2546) Nidra Poller (68) Nonie Darwish (3) Norman Berdichevsky (86) Paul Weston (5) Peter McLoughlin (1) Phyllis Chesler (13) Rebecca Bynum (7124) Richard Butrick (24) Richard Kostelanetz (16) Richard L. Benkin (21) Richard L. Cravatts (7) Richard L. Rubenstein (44) Robert Harris (78) Sally Ross (37) Sam Bluefarb (1) Sha’i ben-Tekoa (1) Steve Hecht (25) Ted Belman (8) The Law (90) Theodore Dalrymple (788) Thomas J. Scheff (6) Thomas Ország-Land (3) Tom Harb (2) Walid Phares (28) z - all below inactive (7) z - Ares Demertzis (2) z - Andrew Bostom (74) z - Andy McCarthy (536) z - Artemis Gordon Glidden (881) z - DL Adams (21) z - John Derbyshire (1013) z - Marisol Seibold (26) z - Mark Butterworth (49) z- Robert Bove (1189) zz - Ali Sina (2)
clear
Site Archive