Dr Anthony McRoy, lecturer at the Wales Evangelical School of Theology, frequently comments on Premier Christian Radio. Speaking of the appropriate British response to the murder of Edwin Dyer by Al-Qaeda operatives, McRoy told listeners:
“We must never ever give in to terrorists of any description. This is one of the big mistakes we made in Northern Ireland, partly because I’ve got to say of US pressure responding to the Irish-American lobby. We mollycoddled them, we agreed to ceasefires with the IRA. We must never give way and, as hard as it is, even when it is a fellow Briton, we must never ever give in to terrorists, we must never ever agree to ransom, because the moment we do this the floodgates open.”
In McRoy’s article about Odeh, we read:
(Photo of Odeh at http://www.hoffman-info.com/pales
Effectively, US Government foot-dragging on the Odeh case sends a message to bin Laden; if he is searching for a new safe haven, he need only convert to Judaism and migrate to Kiryat Arba, where the Zionist regime will shield him and any other Jewish terrorist killing American citizens, and the US Government will quietly forget his case. Alex’s brother Sammy Odeh, told me that the family wanted ‘closure’, which could only happen when the perpetrators are brought to [justice])
Indeed, Odeh’s killers must be brought to justice. Yet there are surely saner critics of JDL terrorism than Hoffman-Info.
The Hoffman Info site was the homepage of Michael A. Hoffman II, infamous for his views on the Holocaust and links to the Far Right. (In drawing attention to a Hoffman internet article, perhaps McRoy finds yet more common ground with Stephen Sizer).
Hoffman was the editor of the Historical Review Press. You can get a feel for its ‘Jewish studies’ section here, with articles contributed by Hoffman. HRP includes, among many other vile pieces, an article by David Duke on ‘Jewish involvement in pornography’.
So, why did McRoy’s article link to Hoffman-Info?
Would it be acceptable, for example, to link to the BNP website if you wrote an article about Islamism and 9-11? Of course not.
But, as Lucy Lips discovered this week, getting academics to explain people’s concerns that some of their rhetoric appears to legitimise Far Right conspiracy theorists is a tricky business.