Antisemitism in Universities

University of Exeter

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 23rd May 2019.

This information was obtained after Campaign Against Antisemitism submitted a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 on 14th July 2020. On 13th August 2020, the University responded.

As part of its response, the University provided minutes of a meeting of its Council on 23rd May 2019, which show that the Definition was adopted. Additionally, the University published a statement on its website and also a statement from the Vice-Chancellor on antisemitism on 17th February 2017.

Students’ Union

University of Exeter Students’ Guild adopted the International Definition of Antisemitism in full, including all of its examples, on 13th November 2019.


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.

Campaign Against Antisemitism wrote to Exeter University and General Medical Council after outspoken activist Ghada Karmi publishes article making numerous antisemitic statements.

University of Exeter reports anonymous student Facebook page, “ExeHonestly”, a platform used by University of Exeter students, to police over neo-Nazi post.

The University of Exeter ruled that an event for ‘Israeli Apartheid Week’ organised by Exeter Friends of Palestine Society must not proceed over fears of “antisemitism or other forms of unlawful discrimination or harassment”.

Exeter students invite terrorist-supporting antisemite Malaka Shwaikh to reassure Jewish students after spate of antisemitism.

As University of Exeter brushes off antisemitic incidents, we reveal that terrorist-supporting antisemite Malaka Shwaikh is about to be elected unopposed as Vice President of the Students’ Guild.

The University of Exeter opened an investigation after a swastika and a “Rights for Whites” sign were found in halls of residence and were described by a University spokesperson as an “offensive joke”.

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.