Antisemitism in Universities

University of Oxford

International Definition of Antisemitism

University

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

The Definition was adopted on 16th December 2016.

This information was obtained after Campaign Against Antisemitism submitted a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 on 15th July 2020. On 11th August 2020, the University responded. On 25th January 2021, the University updated its response.

Additionally, the University published a statement on its website on an unknown date in 2020. The University told Campaign Against Antisemitism that: “The statement on the website has been made to clarify the position held by the University since December 2016.”

Students’ Union

When asked on 11th August 2020, Oxford University Student Union failed to confirm whether it has adopted the International Definition of Antisemitism.

Incidents

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.

The University of Oxford was under fire for inviting a defender of the disgraced academic David Miller and critic of the International Definition of Antisemitism to deliver lecture on “equality and diversity”.

Suspended Oxford Dean at Christ Church College, the Very Rev. Prof. Martyn Percy, was criticised for comparing his plight to the Holocaust.

University of Oxford mired in controversy over donation from Mosley family trust.

St Anne’s College deleted, without apology, its JCR statement offering support to Muslim members of its community, but not to Jewish members.

Campaign Against Antisemitism provided training to the Oxford University Labour Club (OULC) after the campus group requested an online training session to fight antisemitism.

Jewish students have received an antisemitic backlash online after opposing an event at St Peter’s College with the controversial filmmaker Ken Loach, who has a history of antisemitism-denial and inflammatory comments.

Dr. Brian Klug, a Senior Research Fellow at St Benet’s Hall who holds unrepresentative views regarding the International Definition of Antisemitism, spoke at The Sheffield branch of the University and College Union (UCU).

Oxford University Student Union takes stand a with Jewish students against the National Union of Students (NUS) and University of Oxford.

Former Labour MP links antisemitism to “brutal” Israelis.

Rampant antisemitism exposed at Oxford University Labour Club (OULC).

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.