Antisemitism in Universities

Queen Mary University of London

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 15th October 2020.

The University announced the decision through a statement published on its website on 29th October 2020.

Students’ Union

On 9th November 2020, Queen Mary Students’ Union confirmed by a statement on its website that it adopted the International Definition of Antisemitism in full, on 27th October 2020.

On 23rd November 2021, Queen Mary Students’ Union repealed its adoption of the International Definition of Antisemitism and replaced it with adoption of the Jerusalem Declaration on Antisemitism, at its Annual Student Meeting.


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.

Queen Mary University Students’ Union voted to disaffiliate from NUS citing removal of Ms Shaima Dallali from her position as NUS President without mentioning the antisemitism allegations

Dr Clive Gabay, a reader in international politics at Queen Mary University in London, claimed that the International Definition of Antisemitism is “harmful to anti-racism and even to Jews.”

Queen Mary Students’ Union repealed its previous adoption of the International Definition of Antisemitism and replaced it with the Jerusalem Declaration on Antisemitism, which is a wrecking document intended to undermine the globally-recognised International Definition of Antisemitism. The measure was reportedly not discussed with Jewish students.

Professor Moshe Machover voiced support for Hamas, a genocidal antisemitic terrorist organisation which is proscribed under the Terrorism Act. He also accused Jewish students of being under the control of the Israeli embassy.

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.