Antisemitism in Universities

University of East London

International Definition of Antisemitism

University

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

The University said that the Definition was adopted on 28th April 2021.

This information was obtained after Campaign Against Antisemitism submitted a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 on 14th July 2020. On 29th September 2020, the University responded.  It updated its response on 30th June 2021 and 13th July 2021.

The University published a statement on its website on an unknown date in 2021. The University has told Campaign Against Antisemitism that: “…we can confirm that this has been adopted [the examples], however, we think what has happened is that the person posting it has truncated the statement. We will ensure this is corrected.”

Students’ Union

When asked on 9th August 2020, University of East London Students’ 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.

Richard Falk, the discredited and disgraced fringe antisemitic conspiracy theorist and the former UN envoy, was prevented from holding an event at Middlesex University. Following intervention by Campaign Against Antisemitism, the University decided to cancel the event.

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.