Expert: UK Universities Should Use ‘Franker Language’ in Condemning Campus Anti-Semitism

Israelis hold signs as they demonstrate against what they call an 'Apartheid Government' outside Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's offices during the weekly cabinet meeting following its decision a week ago to bar Arabs from acquiring land in Jewish communities built on state property July 14, 2002 in Jerusalem, Israel. Bowing …
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The Algemeiner reports: The head of a UK enforcement and education charity told The Algemeiner on Friday that universities must be firm and explicit about condemning antisemitism when confronted with anti-Israel activity on campus.

Gideon Falter, chairman of the Campaign Against Antisemitism, said, “Numerous events during so-called ‘Israeli Apartheid Week’ [IAW] were cancelled this year because of concerns that they were a vehicle for antisemitic hatred. In almost all cases, though, the universities banning the events said that they were doing so on safety grounds, or because proper room-booking procedures had not been followed.”

He welcomed administrations refusing to allow IAW programming to go forward, but said they need to “disentangle antisemitism from political discourse” and use “franker language” (as he recently tweeted) when they take such action.

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