Cornwall House at King’s College London. Photo: C. G. P. Grey.
King’s College London unanimously accepted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism, a spokesperson told The Algemeiner on Tuesday.
The move — spearheaded by KCL’s president and principal, Professor Edward Byrne, and his Senior Management Team — comes amid efforts to better ensure student safety at campus events.
The IHRA describes antisemitism as “a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews” — a definition adopted by 31 countries, among them the United Kingdom.
Examples of antisemitism shared by the IHRA include advancing “the myth about a world Jewish conspiracy” and “denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination.”
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“The university will now use this definition as a guide in assessing and responding to future events, incidents, meetings and speakers,” a spokesperson said.
At the same senior leadership meeting, KCL also approved a nearly-identical characterization of Islamophobia, described as “a certain perception of Muslims, which may be expressed as hatred toward Muslims.”
“King’s will use this together with guidance from the Muslim Council of Britain and Runnymede Trust reports to guide practices and procedures and improve event management in the future,” the spokesperson explained.
KCL was further reported on Tuesday to have formulated guidelines designed to improve its management of campus events.
The university has witnessed a number of aggressive protests in recent years, some involving physical violence. Demonstrators disrupted a lecture with a former Israeli minister in February, leading to a harsh rebuke from the Board of Deputies of British Jews, the representative body of British Jewry. The following month, a group of masked and hooded individuals violently stormed a panel discussion held by KCL’s Libertarian Society, leaving some audience members and security staff injured and “traumatised,” according to Byrne.
In 2016, the university drew widespread scrutiny after anti-Zionist demonstrators attempted to shut down a campus event with a former head of Israel’s Shin Bet security agency. The group broke a window, set off fire alarms, threw chairs, and banged on the walls, forcing police to evacuate attendees from the building. One protester was found guilty of assault by beating.
Byrne told Jewish News that under the new guidelines, demonstrations will have to take place at a distance that would prevent them from interrupting an event with loud chants. Megaphones will be barred, while banners and flags will not be allowed in lecture halls.
“We’ve been working with KCL on these since the turn of the year, although our relationship goes back many years and is very close,” a spokesperson for the Board of Deputies of British Jews told The Algemeiner, adding that the policies were “still being processed.”
The Board’s president elect, Marie van der Zyl, applauded KCL on Wednesday for adopting the IHRA definition, saying it will make “it easier for authorities to identify and understand the nature of contemporary antisemitism.”
She encouraged other universities to join KCL — a hope that was shared by Liron Velleman, campaigns manager of the Union of Jewish Students (UJS).
“If universities are truly committed to zero tolerance approach to antisemitism, they should follow [KCL’s] example and adopt IHRA definition,” he tweeted.
The president of UJC — which represents some 8,500 students in the UK and Ireland — likewise said the definition ensures “we will now be better equipped to deal with incidents going [forward].”
Others were more tentative in their praise.
Tamara Berens, president of the KCL Israel Society and communications director for the KCL Libertarian Society, applauded Byrne for taking this “first positive step” to address the “recent harmful incidents on campus towards Jewish and Israeli students.”
Yet she and her peers still await action on “a wide range of issues” stemming from “the handling and aftermath of serious incidents that have occurred on campus,” she told The Algemeiner, pointing to the protests in February and March.
“While the adoption of the IHRA is important,” Berens said, “it must be applied to issues happening on the ground in order for this move to make a real impact.”
Jeremy Corbyn leads a pro-Palestinian demonstration in London in 2014, one year before becoming Labour Party leader. Photo: File.
This marked a massive rise from the previous such survey, in which only 39% of Jews believed Corbyn was antisemitic.
British Jews also expressed an extremely low opinion of the Labour Party in general. The poll showed that 85.6% believed Labour suffered from “very high” levels of antisemitism.
Corbyn and his party have been beset with a series of high-profile antisemitism scandals for several years, which has resulted in the resignation and suspension of several prominent officials. Corbyn himself was recently caught on video saying that “Zionists” did not understand “English irony” despite “having lived in this country for a very long time.”
Makuya in Jerusalem 201 (YouTube)
Like an apple tree among trees of the forest, So is my beloved among the youths. I delight to sit in his shade, And his fruit is sweet to my mouth. (Song of Songs 2:3)
For ten days in late August, Israeli Rabbi Benny Lau and his wife, Rabbanit Noah Lau, traveled from Jerusalem to Japan to lead Bible study for groups of Makuya Japanese Christians. The Laus traveled to five Japanese towns and spent three days together at a weekend conference with 3,400 members of the Makuya group.
Makuya is Japanese for the Hebrew word Mishkan, the tent of meeting, where human beings come into contact with God. The Mishkan was the portable sanctuary that the Israelites used in the desert, before entering Israel and building the First Holy Temple.
The Lord tests the righteous, but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence. (Psalm 11:5)
Brazilian presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro. (Credit: Agencia O Globo)
Jair Bolsonaro, the front-runner in the upcoming presidential election in Brazil, was stabbed during a campaign rally Thursday and was undergoing surgery.
The far-right politician, whose heated rhetoric has electrified some voters and angered others – -who accuse him of racism and homophobia – in a deeply polarized electorate, was attacked amid a crowd in the south-east state of Minas Gerais. Bolsonaro has performed strongly in recent opinion polls.
Those same polls suggested that he will likely receive the most votes in next month’s presidential elections, especially if the country’s former president Luis Inacio Lula da Silva (‘Lula’) remains blocked from standing. He is currently in prison, but is appealing against his candidacy ban – imposed after his conviction for corruption.
Republican lawmakers have made it clear they have no intention of repealing Obamacare in the current Congress.
Republicans in the nation’s top lawmaking body have never really wanted to get rid of Obamacare. They would prefer to present the program, which David Horowitz correctly describes as “the greatest assault on individual freedom and individual choice in our lifetimes,” as a villain and whip up sentiment against it and run against it every election. They view Obamacare as good for the business of politics. They may chip away at it from time to time or tinker with it at the margins, but make no mistake: these creatures of Washington want to keep it in place. This is the Republicans’ dirty secret.
The Trump administration has decided to reopen a case brought by a Zionist group against Rutgers University, previously closed by the Obama administration in 2014, alleging that the university had allowed Jewish students to be subjected to a hostile environment in violation of Title VI of the U.S. Civil Rights Act. The issue, ignored by the Obama administration, was whether the students were discriminated against based on their actual or perceived Jewish ancestry or ethnicity. Kenneth L. Marcus, the new assistant secretary of education for civil rights, decided that the case deserved another look.
Nestled in the Han River in the middle of South Korea’s bustling capital of Seoul, Yeoui Island is hardly where one would expect to find the largest mega-church in the world. Home to the city’s business and financial district, its skyline dotted with skyscrapers, the island boasts some of the country’s most powerful institutions, such as the Korean stock exchange and the headquarters of LG, the international conglomerate.
The AfD’s opponents, who often brand the party as “far right” or “extremist,” claim that the party’s alleged ties to neo-Nazi groups pose an existential threat to Germany’s constitutional order. The AfD’s supporters counter that Germany’s politically correct establishment, afraid of losing its power and influence, is attempting to outlaw a legitimate party that has pledged to put the interests of German citizens first.
Israel’s Palestinian foes regard “martyrdom” as the supremely highest expression of Islamic sacredness. Nonetheless, there are certain conspicuously prominent disjunctions between the relevant obligations of faith and expectations of international law. Unambiguously, only the latter set of obligations can offer a suitably authoritative source for assessing Palestinian resorts to armed force.
This is the case even when the stated objective of such resorts would be “self-determination” and/or “national liberation.”
“Setting fire to the ground,” a “major catastrophe,” bringing “new instability” are the headlines that have greeted Donald Trump’s unorthodox decisions over the past year. Withdrawing from UNESCO, moving the US Embassy, leaving the Iran deal and cutting funding to UNRWA and funding for Pakistan were seen as extreme decisions in the Middle East and around the world. Insofar as there is a “Trump Doctrine,” it has been to call this bluff.
In the mind-set of Trump and his team, the time has come for the United States to move quickly to reverse decades of foreign policy norms, ending the status quo, and ripping up what the previous administrations did.
The jihadi assault on and massacre of Christians continued unabated throughout the Muslim word. According to one report titled, “Armed gangs WIPE OUT 15 villages in mass Christian slaughter in Nigeria,” several Islamic terrorists “stormed through 15 villages to massacre Christians and destroy their churches in a violent crackdown against the religion…. Dozens of people have been killed after the gangs ransacked towns and villages to clear them of all aspects of the Christian faith.
Wars are raging in various parts of the Middle East, although there is a tendency not to call the conflicts by that name because of the fear conjured up by the word.
One conflagration is the war Iran is waging against those – headed by Israel – who stand in the way of its plans to take over the entire Middle East.
Another is the Assad regime’s war to take back control of the entire country, and a third is the PLO’s battle for survival.
Much has been written about the first of these wars, and reports have claimed that from early 2017 on, Israel has launched over 200 attacks in Syria, mainly at targets connected to Iran.