Antisemitism in Universities

University of Cambridge

International Definition of Antisemitism


The University has adopted the International Definition of Antisemitism in full, including all of its examples.

The Definition was adopted on 4th November 2020.

The University announced the decision through a statement published on its website on 6th November 2020.

Students’ Union

When asked on 8th August 2020, Cambridge Students’ Union failed to confirm whether it has adopted the International Definition of Antisemitism.


The following are recent incidents that have been reported to us, however we recognise that antisemitism is chronically underreported and it is possible that there are incidents that have not been reported. To report an incident, please contact us.

Professor Arif Ahmed, of University of Cambridge and prospective director for free speech on university campuses, was discovered to have denounced the International Definition of Antisemitism.

Students at the University of Cambridge were recorded chanting “From the river to the sea” in protest of a speaker at the University’s union.

The University of Cambridge was rocked by antisemitic chanting and graffiti in connection with a visit by the Israeli ambassador.

Priyamvada Gopal, a professor at the University of Cambridge, has been accused of antisemitism by both the University’s Jewish society and a fellow academic.

50 Jewish professors and students at the University of Cambridge have written an article protesting the political Left’s belittling of antisemitism and dismissal of their concerns.

Campaign Against Antisemitism complains to Charity Commission and Home Office after Cambridge Union lets a known antisemite, Malaysian Prime Minister, Mahathir Mohamad spout antisemitism, unchallenged.

Christ’s College at the University of Cambridge has admitted “significant failings” in its investigation into the violent antisemitic assault of three Jewish students returning from Sabbath dinner by members of sporting societies in November 2016.

Cambridge students speak out as Holocaust denial flyers and swastikas found on campus.

Jewish life on campus

The incidence of antisemitism on a university campus and how the university and its students’ union address antisemitism are matters of serious concern. At the same time, they do not represent the totality of Jewish life on any campus. For further information about Jewish life on campus, please contact the local Jewish Society or Jewish chaplain.

No student should have to endure antisemitism. Campaign Against Antisemitism provides specialist help to students who have experienced antisemitism, including free legal representation. For assistance with antisemitism on campus, please contact us.