British universities reject the most important definition of antisemitism

by Leah Rosenberg
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When universities in the UK are rejecting the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism, something is wrong.

IHRA Definition of Antisemitism

Why are British universities ignoring the call to accept the universally accepted IHRA definition of antisemitism? Why do they refuse to stand up to hatred and antisemitism on their campuses? It is truly shocking.

The IHRA working definition states the following: “Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.”

Students have called for their universities to listen. The government has as well. And yet, 80% of UK universities decided that they do not care. They made the choice to accept antisemitism on their campuses and not to fight it.

Antisemitism in 2020

How can it be that in 2020 there is still so much antisemitism on college campuses throughout the world? In the big picture of history, the Holocaust did not happen so long ago. And yet, the lessons of the Holocaust have not been learned. Or they have already been forgotten.

No student should have to face discrimination on college campuses. No person should have to face discrimination anywhere!

The fact that universities in 2020 are rejecting the IHRA definition of antisemitism reveals how much antisemitism truly exists.

Students have had enough of the hate. Campuses should be a safe place for people of all religions. Including Jews. Enough is enough. When will the antisemitism end?

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