Tucked away on the ‘Hampshire & Isle of Wight’ regional page in the ‘England’ section of the BBC News website’s UK page is an article published on March 31st 2017 under the headline “‘Chilling repression’ leads to Southampton conference move“.
The BBC website’s visitors are told that:
“An academic conference which raises legal questions about the state of Israel has got under way at the third attempt.
The three-day meeting opened in Cork, Republic of Ireland, after two failed efforts to hold it in Southampton.
The organisers, two professors from the University of Southampton, accused their employer of blocking the event in 2015 and 2016.”
Later on, readers find the following:
“Ahead of the cancelled 2015 conference, the pro-Israel The Zionist Federation UK garnered more than 6,700 signatures opposing its staging, while a counter-petition signed by more than 800 academics urged the university to resist the pressure.
The university said it…
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