The Oxford historian Avi Shlaim gave a lecture on Israeli history yesterday at the University of Helsinki. Prof. Shlaim is a “New Historian”, and purports to shine a light on a different version of history — i.e., one that just happens to make the state of Israel look bad.
The Israeli ambassador to Finland and Estonia, Avi Granot, was present at the lecture, and took exception to Dr. Shlaim’s view of history.
KGS from Tundra Tabloids was also there last night, and brought along a video recorder. He confronted Prof. Shlaim about the lecturer’s humanitarian racism, defined as: “a bigoted, patronizing attitude exhibited by well-meaning humanitarians, that assumes certain non-western recipients of aid cannot be expected to live up to western ethical or moral standards.”
Here’s a video clip of the exchange between the professor and the blogger:
KGS has several other videos of the lecture, including the portions during which the speaker was confronted by the Israeli ambassador.
Hat tip: Vlad Tepes.
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