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“There is a problem of institutional antisemitism at SOAS”, suggests Chairman of complaint panel

Professor David Hirsh, a lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London who was appointed as the Chairman of a panel that oversaw an antisemitism-related complaint at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), has said that SOAS could be institutionally antisemitic. The incident relates to last year’s complaint from a former student at SOAS who sought […]


SOAS professor accuses Israel of being a “Western virus” and exploiting the Holocaust for political ends

A professor at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) has called Israel a “Western virus” and accused the Jewish state of using the Holocaust as the “clincher argument” in its “presumed right over Palestine”. Dr Haim Bresheeth, who is a Professorial Research Associate at SOAS’s Centre of Global Media and Communication, made the comments in a […]


CAA lawyers considering legal action against SOAS if EuroPal, which promoted antisemitic conspiracy myth, is allowed to deliver antisemitism training

The controversial organisation, EuroPal, is scheduled to present a session on antisemitism at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London on 7th March, despite the group’s history of promoting an antisemitic conspiracy myth. The event is part of a day long student workshop titled ‘Advocacy for Palestine on Campus’, hosted by SOAS’s […]


As antisemitism mounts on campus, SOAS Director refuses to even consider adopting definition of antisemitism

We have met with the Director of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), Baroness Amos. The meeting did not go well. On 8th February, Campaign Against Antisemitism met with Baroness Amos, along with SOAS’s Registrar, Paula Sanderson, and its Secretary, Dr Chris Ince. While Baroness Amos recognised that the School has “a lot of work to do” […]


SOAS Jewish students ask for protection and Union strips them of right to decide what is antisemitic

An emergency motion proposed on 24th January by Avrahum Sanger, President of the Jewish Society at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), has been amended to avoid recognising Jewish students’ rights to decide what they find to be antisemitic. It has also declared Zionism to be a form of extremism to be combatted using a […]


Journalist’s hard-hitting exposé is scathing of festering antisemitism at SOAS, but will SOAS finally act?

A hard-hitting feature by Rosamund Urwin in London’s Evening Standard has exposed to London’s public the sad truth that most British Jews have long known: that SOAS, the School of Oriental and African Studies, might just as well be named the School of Antisemitism. Noting SOAS students’ reputation for championing civil rights, and its proud tradition of […]


CAA writes to Charity Commission after SOAS Students’ Union tells investigator antisemitic lecture was not antisemitic

Campaign Against Antisemitism has written to the Charity Commission after SOAS Students’ Union, which is a registered charity, told a Charity Commission investigator that “we do not believe that there was any antisemitism” at an antisemitic lecture, and that the lecture was “an appropriate meeting for the Palestine Society to run in the way it […]


CAA files complaint with SOAS over “Zionism was a parallel movement to Nazism” lecture

Last Thursday, the Palestine Society at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) organised a lecture by Thomas Suarez to promote his book, “State of Terror”. Throughout the lecture, antisemitic comments were made which SOAS Palestine Society failed to challenge. Volunteers from Campaign Against Antisemitism’s Demonstration and Event Monitoring Unit (DEMU) found […]


CAA publishes live resource detailing antisemitism at universities and adoption of the International Definition of Antisemitism

Campaign Against Antisemitism has published a new resource showing antisemitic incidents at universities and whether each institution has adopted the International Definition of Antisemitism, with detailed information for each campus. The resource for the first time makes public years of monitoring by Campaign Against Antisemitism through our volunteers and hundreds of requests we have filed under freedom […]


Academics protest Education Secretary’s call, backed by CAA, for universities to adopt International Definition of Antisemitism

Academics have reportedly protested a call by the Education Secretary for universities to adopt the International Definition of Antisemitism. Gavin Williamson wrote a letter to university heads calling on their institutions to adopt the Definition after a study showed that a limited number had done so, despite urging from the Government over the past several years and threats of loss of funding. He also said that […]


Senior RMT leader, Steve Hedley, yelled “Chosen people” jibe at Jewish anti-racism activist and shouted: “What the Nazis did to you, you’re doing to the Palestinians”

Steve Hedley, the Senior Assistant General Secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT), reportedly launched a tirade against a Jewish anti-racism activist, shouting: “What the Nazis did to you, you’re doing to the Palestinians”, adding: “you’re one of the Chosen People, so you might feel better than me, huh?” According to the The […]


CAA urges Birkbeck University to stop Ilan Pappé lecture on why “anti-Zionism is not antisemitism”

Birkbeck, University of London is set to host the controversial Socialist Workers Party (SWP) this weekend for an event entitled “The Big Socialist Weekender”. Ilan Pappé will address the event on the topic: “Anti-Zionism is not antisemitism.” Zionism is the movement supporting the right of Jews to self-determination. Self-determination is guaranteed to all peoples under […]


CAA files fresh disciplinary complaint against Jeremy Corbyn over allegations that he actively participated in a secret Facebook group where antisemitism was on brazen display

A document issued today contains screenshots allegedly showing that Jeremy Corbyn was a participating member in a secret Facebook group called “Palestine Live” in which vehement antisemitism was posted, right up until his first weeks as Leader of the Labour Party. The screenshots, gathered by blogger David Collier, catalogue exchanges which apparently took place within the […]


Police and Crime Commissioner for hate crime left “shocked” but resolute after CAA arranges meetings with Holocaust survivors, Jewish students and BCCA members

Campaign Against Antisemitism was pleased to welcome the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) charged with overseeing the police response to hate crime for the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners last week. Hardyal Dhindsa is the PCC for Derbyshire and has been appointed the national lead on hate crime. Last week, Campaign Against Antisemitism hosted him […]


Extremist speakers have a free run at British universities and antisemitism is rife at events, new report finds

A detailed report on “Extreme speakers and events” in the 2016-17 academic year has revealed a plethora of antisemitic extremist speakers being given platforms in British universities. Of the 112 separate extremist events mentioned in the report, 50 events included the hosting of known antisemites such as Anas Al Tikriti who vehemently criticised the Muslim […]


Man who said Holocaust happened because Jews are “cowards” reportedly escorted off Birkbeck campus

An antisemitic demonstrator at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London, who was filmed claiming that the Holocaust happened because Jews are “cowards” has reportedly been sighted being escorted off campus by security staff at Birkbeck, University of London. If you think that you know who he is, please contact us confidentially […]


NUS surveys almost 500 Jewish students, finds that less than half would feel comfortable at NUS events

The National Union of Students (NUS) has released its survey on The Experience of Jewish Students in 2016/17, showing that more than a quarter of Jewish students are living in fear of an antisemitic attack. Some 485 of the estimated 8,500 Jewish students in the UK responded to the survey carried out by an NUS […]


Prime Minister backs call for universities to adopt International Definition of Antisemitism

Today, in response to a question from Bob Blackman MP about antisemitism on campuses during ‘Israeli Apartheid Week’, the Prime Minister emphatically endorsed the Minister of State for Universities’ call for universities to adopt the International Definition of Antisemitism. This is an extremely welcome development and comes as universities around the country have banned ‘Israeli […]


CAA releases guide for students dealing with antisemitism during ‘Israeli Apartheid Week’

Every year at universities, ‘Israeli Apartheid Week’ sees a flurry of antisemitic speakers and demonstrations on British campuses. Each year, we are contacted by Jewish students who are unsure of their rights, what they can do, and how we can help them. This year looks like it will be different. Following a great deal of work by Campaign […]


Precedent set as University of Central Lancashire cancels Israel Apartheid Week event over antisemitism fears

A precedent has been set. The University of Central Lancashire has cancelled an event which was scheduled for the nationwide “Israel Apartheid Week”. The cancelled session titled “Debunking Misconceptions on Palestine” was organised by the university’s Friends of Palestine Society and was promoted as a panel discussion promoting a boycott of Israel. In the past, “Israel Apartheid […]


“Antisemitism is not rife” says UJS, in apparent rebuke to politicians offering help against campus antisemitism

The Union of Jewish Students’ Campaigns Director, Josh Nagli, appears to have spurned suggestions by Sir Eric Pickles and Baroness Deech that new laws are needed to fight antisemitism on campus. In remarks to the Daily Telegraph, Baroness Deech said: “Amongst Jewish students, there is gradually a feeling that there are certain universities that you should avoid. Definitely SOAS, […]


Sir Eric Pickles and Baroness Deech threaten new laws to force universities to act against antisemitism

In separate interviews with the Daily Telegraph, Baroness Deech and Sir Eric Pickles have attacked British universities for their failure to tackle antisemitism on campuses. A litany of incidents on campuses has been causing increasing concern. Campaign Against Antisemitism has begun a programme to recruit students following incidents at UCL, SOAS, LSE, Oxford, Cambridge, Birmingham, Coventry, Kent, Edinburgh, […]


University of Kent refuses to take action over “Elders of Zion” conspiracy speaker because she is “a bona fide journalist”

Following a speech to students at the University of Kent in which journalist Amira Hass reportedly claimed that the “Elders of Zion” planned “colonial” hegemony over Palestinians, the Head of the Office of the Vice Chancellor has told Campaign Against Antisemitism that no action will be taken. “Elders of Zion” is a phrase used absolutely […]