The University of Bristol has fired a professor for his anti-Zionist views and resistance against the Israeli state and its formidable US and UK-backed global propaganda campaign. The institution announced in a statement on Friday that “Professor David Miller is no longer employed by the University of Bristol.” Miller “did not meet the standards of behavior we expect from our staff,” the university stated bluntly. The Electronic Intifada, an online news site, described Miller as a “leading UK critic of Israel and its lobby,” who had fallen victim to a years-long slander campaign by the Israeli lobby.
The professor was quoted as stating he would “fight it all the way” against the campaign by appealing the university’s termination decision. According to an online countercampaign arguing in his favor, the university’s decision was “designed to send shivers down the spines of academics around the world who expose Zionist racism.” Zionism is a well-known kind of racism that serves as the official ideology of the Israeli state and its hardliners. For decades, the Israeli state has used the ideology to remove Palestinians and others from their homelands across the region, aided by Western political and military assistance.
The British university’s action came amid a drive by Western governments to incorrectly label all incidences of anti-Zionism as anti-Semitism. France has already made anti-Zionism criminal under the guise that it attacks Jewish people and their faith. Miller, an academic expert in propaganda and political pressure organizations, agreed that the decision had “embarrassed the university.” He once decried, in an article for Electronic Intifada, that “Britain is in the grip of an assault on its public sphere” by the Israeli state and its supporters. An open letter in his support has been signed by over 300 academics and intellectuals, including Noam Chomsky, Palestinian scholar and activist Sami al-Arian, and dissident Israeli historian Ilan Pappe.