UCL’s Academic Board recommends retention of IHRA definition while alternatives are explored

UCL’s Academic Board has voted to facilitate an alternative definition of antisemitism for consideration by UCL’s Council and to retain the IHRA working definition in the interim with further qualifications. The resolution is a non-binding recommendation to UCL’s Council, which will take the decision on any change to UCL’s adoption

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UCL Students’ Union decisively rejects move to cancel IHRA definition of antisemitism

University College London (UCL) students have affirmed their support of the IHRA definition of antisemitism, despite a move by some academic staff to persuade the university to retract its adoption of the definition. UCL adopted the IHRA definition in November 2019, as part of a concerted action to tackle racism,

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Sheffield Hallam University adopts IHRA definition

Sheffield Hallam University, one of the largest in the UK, is the latest to adopt the IHRA definition of antisemitism. Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) announced on 3 February 2021 that it had adopted the IHRA definition of antisemitism. Lesley Klaff, senior lecturer in law at the University, Editor of the

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Palestine Action removed from Facebook

Facebook has removed Palestine Action’s account, because it goes against its Community Standards. Palestine Action is the group that specialises in damaging and daubing paint on the buildings of companies of whom they disapprove. Last week Palestine Action posted on Twitter a message from Facebook saying: “Your page has been

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UN Human Rights Commissioner’s Office is Wrong on Israel’s obligations

UK Lawyers for Israel (UKLFI) has written to the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, pointing out that her Office has published incorrect statements regarding Israel’s obligations to vaccinate Palestinian people, which should be immediately retracted. The UN Human Rights Commission’s press release on 14 January 2021 reported

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More Funding Blows for Palestine Action  

Palestine Action, the group who specialise in daubing red paint on the buildings of companies of whom they disapprove, has suffered several blows in the past month. On 16 January 2021 they  posted on Twitter that their donation link (Stripe) had been “temporarily disabled”.  On 8 January 2021 they reported

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UKLFI Charitable Trust response to Law Commission Consultation on Hate Crime

Zionism should be protected as a religious or philosophical belief UKLFI Charitable Trust has argued that Zionism should be protected as a religious or philosophical belief in its response to a Consultation on hate crimes by the Law Commission for England and Wales. The Law Commission is a statutory body

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Appeal Panel recommends investigation into “toxic, antisemitic environment” at SOAS

Student antisemitism victim receives £15,000 compensation from SOAS An Appeal Panel appointed by the School of Oriental and African Studies at London University (SOAS) to consider a student’s complaint has recommended that there should be an independent investigation into whether there was a toxic, antisemitic environment and institutional antisemitism at

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Move to retract UCL’s adoption of IHRA definition of antisemitism

Some academics at University College London (UCL) are pushing to retract the University’s adoption of the IHRA definition of antisemitism. A vote of the advisory Academic Board, which was to take place on 16 December, has been rescheduled for January “to allow proper debate”. The Academic Board previously set up

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Nazim Ali Case referred to the High Court

The Professional Standards Authority (PSA) has decided that the General Pharmaceutical Council’s Fitness to Practise Committee erred in its approach to a charge that comments made by Mr Nazim Ali were antisemitic and has referred the decision to the High Court. Nazim Ali is the pharmacist who told the baying

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