is one of the nastiest people on the anti-Israel side.
In debate, his tactics are:
- Slander. He throws accusations of "racism" like confetti at everyone who disagrees with his anti-Israel politics.
He has hurled filthy abuse at me:
"you are a racist"
"orientalist, islamophobic, discriminatory and potentially racist"
"islamophobia, hate of Arabs & bigoted racism"
"You're an anti-Semite".
No evidence is presented,
and all of his statements are legally actionable.
- Job-related slander. He has accused me of treating Arabs or Muslims unfairly in my job.
No evidence is presented, and his statements are legally actionable.
- Threats. If you support Israel,
he will call for you to be fired
and will even contact your employer to get you sacked.
Spedding has done this to me.
Contacting someone's employer to get them sacked
is no way to conduct political debate.
It is a cynical and disgusting tactic, but it works.
I can take the "racism" verbal diarrhoea.
It's just how some lefties argue.
I don't want my employer bothered by Spedding,
I will no longer debate him.
His tactic works.
Vile, actionable, slander
does not support terror against Israel.
for the rights of Islamic Jihad leader
What a constructive use of time!
Spedding genuinely does not support terrorism.
(You see, I am fair to my opponents, unlike Spedding!)
But he has no understanding of the psychology of those behind terror attacks.
Hamas do not fire rockets at Jews because they are "angry and desperate".
Rather they are motivated by jihad, hatred, bigotry and religious mania.
Spedding does not understand them at all.
He is simply projecting western values onto them, values that they do not share.
2011 post by Spedding
still visible here.
My first run-in with Spedding was when I wrote an
article supporting Israel
in Nov 2013.
I think Spedding got really angry at my last sentence:
"The next Gay Pride Parade in Israel will take place in Tel Aviv on 13 June 2014.
Perhaps some supporter of the Palestinians would like to tell us when the next gay pride parade under their rule will be."
calls for me to be sacked for defending Israel, 4 Dec 2013.
Universities should not allow diversity of thought, he says.
Oddly, in all his ranting, he forgot to provide the date of the next gay pride parade under Palestinian rule.
Gary Spedding, 14 Mar 2014, claims to be in favour of free speech for his political opponents!
What a laugh. Total hypocrite.
- When I take him up on it, he says
of course he didn't mean people like me.
"There's a difference between free speech and hate speech... Yours was the latter."
Ah, of course.
I see now.
In Dec 2014, I actually got Spedding to debate, for a while.
The topic was
one of my standard hard questions:
Name any "out" gay in Gaza or the PA.
campaigns for "gay rights" yet supports the Palestinians.
I asked him:
"how come Palestinian gays hold their meetups in Israel?"
He claims gays meet up on the West Bank.
After some grilling he admits these are private meetings.
Public meetings must be held somewhere free, like Israel.
Later he starts blaming the Brits.
He also tries blaming Israel.
He gets annoyed
when I ask for the name of a single "out" gay in Palestinian public life.
"Where is Gaza's David Norris?"
I am an "orientalist" for calling for Gaza gays to have human rights, apparently.
They are in the Middle East, not in the West, you see.
However, Israeli gays are in the Middle East, right beside Gaza, and they are free.
I also got Spedding to
debate the Israeli wall for a while
in Dec 2014.
- What a shame he has to spoil it all
with threats to get me fired.
What's wrong with just debate?
Spedding crossed the line in May 2015 when he contacted my employer to get me sacked.
My employer is a university, which has guaranteed free speech,
so this will lead nowhere.
But this is the end of me and Spedding.
This is very sinister behaviour.
, May 2015,
contacts my employer to try to get me fired.
Well, I doubt the person who runs the Twitter will pay this any attention, but even so, it is very sinister.
This is the kind of person Spedding is.
The left and Israel.