Oxford Union: Israel Lobby Stifling Debate

The motion: This house believes the pro-Israel lobby has successfully stifled Western debate about Israel’s actions. Debaters: Norman Finkelstein, Andrew Cockburn, Martin Indyk, David Aaronovitch

The Oxford Union passed a motion this week blaming a pro-Israeli lobby for limiting the West’s capacity for free debate about the Middle East.

Two-thirds of the student audience voted that “This house believes the pro-Israeli lobby has successfully stifled Western debate about Israel’s actions.”

The debate was organised by Qatar-organization promoting free speech in the Arab world, Doha Debate, whose previous debates on the role of Hizbollah, the importance of Middle East oil and the impact of Iran on global security have earned international recognition.

This event was the group’s first conference outside Qatar, and participants included prominent journalists and academics from the West, including host and former BBC presenter Tim Sebastian.

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