Contemporary antisemitism on the UK university campus: a case study and context

KLAFF, Lesley D (2017). Contemporary antisemitism on the UK university campus: a case study and context. Jewish Political Studies Review. (In Press)

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Contemporary antisemitism on the UK university campus takes the form of an anti-Zionist narrative that replicates antisemitic tropes. This creates a hostile campus environment for Jewish students which jeopardises their educational opportunity, impairs the quality of their student experience, and causes them other tangible harms, such as anxiety, depression and feelings of intimidation. UK universities, however, are ill-equipped to address the problem of campus antisemitism because they lack a working definition of antisemitism and are unable to recognise it, especially when it takes the form of criticism of Israel. They are also largely ignorant of the laws that limit speech on campus and tend to regard all criticism of Israel, however expressed, as free political speech. Using a student campus antisemitism complaint as a case study, this paper analyses the nature of campus antisemitism in the UK, its political context, and relevant legal provisions. It also considers the educational challenges that need to be overcome in order to prevent campus antisemitism in the future.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Law and Criminology Research Group
Departments: Development and Society > Law and Criminology
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Depositing User: Lesley Klaff
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2017 11:38
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2017 23:35

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