Anti-Zionist expression on the UK campus: free speech or hate speech?

KLAFF, Lesley (2010). Anti-Zionist expression on the UK campus: free speech or hate speech? Jewish Political Studies Review, 22 (3 & 4), 87-109.

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The last few years have witnessed an explosion of anti-Zionist rhetoric on university campuses across the United Kingdom. Encouraged by the University and College Union's annual calls for discriminatory measures against Israeli institutions and academics, the rhetoric has become even more strident since Operation Cast Lead. A recent boycott-divestment-sanctions campus tour explicitly invoked anti-Semitic tropes. The consequently hostile environment for Jewish students has jeopardized their educational opportunities. The justification for tolerating anti-Zionist expression on campus is always "academic freedom" and the response of the universities has been one of inaction. This justification is without merit. University codes of conduct and UK law recognize that an important university goal is the promotion of equality of opportunity for minority students and their protection from discrimination, including harassment. Given the growing consensus that anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism in a new guise, this goal is flouted with respect to Jewish students every time that anti-Zionist expression takes place on a university campus.

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Additional Information: This article was cited by: Kenneth L. Marcus 'The New OCR Antisemitism Policy', Journal for the Study of Antisemitism, Volume 2, Issue 2, p. 479-491, fn. 33; Ofira Seliktar, 'Academic Freedom in Israel: A Comparative Perspective' (Israel-Academia-Monitor 2013), Chapter 2, fn. 41; Heni, C., 'Antisemitism: A Specific Phenomenon' (Berlin: Edition Critic 2013), p. 22, fn. 46; and quoted by journalist Richard Mather in his Op Ed, "Anti-Semitism is incitement to racial hatred", Arutz Sheva newspaper, 12th February, 2015.
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Page Range: 87-109
Depositing User: Lesley Klaff
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2018 11:17
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 07:03

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