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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Aberdeen University Students Association Overturn BDS Policy

The Board of Trustees of Aberdeen University Students Association (AUSA) has overturned a BDS policy passed at a General Meeting of the Association on 5 March 2019 “following legal advice”. AUSA’s President has written to Jewish Society Treasurer, Marc Serpik, confirming that “the policy will not stand as an AUSA

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University of Cape Town rejects Boycott Resolution

The Senate of the University of Cape Town (UCT) has decisively rejected a resolution to boycott Israeli Universities.  This follows intervention by UKLFI Patron, Baroness Ruth Deech DBE, QC (Hon) and a message from Sir Sydney Kentridge SC, QC, Nelson Mandela’s counsel, strongly objecting to the “ill-considered proposal”. A resolution

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Report finds antisemitic harassment at UK universities

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has published an important report on racial harassment at higher education institutions, ‘Tackling Racial Harassment: Universities Challenged’ The report reveals that racial harassment, including antisemitic harassment, is an everyday occurrence for many students and staff in British universities. The findings show that universities

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Bristol University accused of breaching Education Act

UK Lawyers for Israel has accused Bristol University of failing to ensure freedom of speech, appeasing those who seek to disrupt meetings, and imposing unreasonable conditions on a speaker.  This follows Bristol University’s cancellation of the meeting of the Free Speech Society with Emma Fox, that was due to be

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