In an update from the Vice-Chancellor on the University’s website that was published on 30th June, it was confirmed that “following a formal Government request,” the University has adopted the Definition.
However, the University has also chosen to adopt the Jerusalem Declaration of its own volition, a wrecking document intended to undermine the globally recognised Definition.
The University stated that this adoption was “to support with interpretation after feedback from staff, students, Senate and wider legal advice” and described it as “an important step in ensuring our Jewish community feel safe on campus and we will be shortly sharing more information on implementation as part of our continued work to tackle discrimination and racism.”
The University must revisit its decision and adopt, exclusively, the International Definition of Antisemitism.
A spokesperson from Campaign Against Antisemitism said: “By undermining the International Definition of Antisemitism in this way, the University shows no regard for the wellbeing and consideration of its Jewish students. The Definition is widely accepted by the mainstream Jewish community and has been adopted by the British Government, public bodies and over half of British universities. To adopt alongside it a second definition, designed to contradict and sabotage the first, is entirely counterproductive.”
Following a speech to students at the University in 2016 in which journalist Amira Hass reportedly claimed that the “Elders of Zion” planned “colonial” hegemony over Palestinians, the Head of the Office of the Vice-Chancellor told Campaign Against Antisemitism that no action would be taken.
If any students are concerned about antisemitism on campus or need assistance, they can call us on 0330 822 0321, or e-mail [email protected].