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.”
We all know that the midterm elections are different this time around. They are usually like “all politics,” namely local. But this time around they’re different. They are all presidential, all about Trump, as most everything is. And for the anti-Trump crowd — I’m talking about the political commentators and “analysts” — any and all things bad are held to be Trump’s fault. This is presumably because they believe that their condemnations of Trump will result in a Democrat takeover of the House of Representatives.
A new book explores how graffiti artists in Beirut skirt limitations on expression to share political criticism in the streets.
A photograph of the book “Drawing Lines” by Tamara Zantout, taken at the launch of the book at Beit Beirut cultural center, Beirut, Lebanon, Oct. 25, 2018.
BEIRUT — Beirut’s alleyways and streets are peppered in bright, detailed and provocative graffiti. Street artists use the medium, which exists in a legal grey area, to express their identity and give voice to political frustrations.
On Tuesday, San Francisco will become the largest city in the nation to allow noncitizens to vote, and the city has spent $310,000 on a “new registration system” specifically aimed at illegals. As the San Francisco Chronicle reports, the plan is the first in the state and follows Proposition N, a 2016 ballot measure allowing votes by noncitizens over the age of 18, reside in the city, and have children under age 19.
By the count of the Chronicle, only 49 noncitizens have signed up to vote on Tuesday, which works out to $6,326 for every illegal voter, but there’s more to the story. City officials are worried that voting could expose illegals to ICE, who might come looking and possibly deport somebody. So supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer, a backer of Proposition N, urged the city to spend $500,000 to warn the illegals.
At first Sabbath service after massacre, shooting survivors are blessed; rabbi says to those who condemned Trump’s visit: ‘No one tells me how to welcome a guest in my own home’
On November 3, 2018, a joint communal Shabbat prayer service at Pittsburgh’s Beth Shalom Conservative synagogue following the massacre a week prior which saw 11 Jewish community members killed. (Amanda Borschel-Dan/Times of Israel)
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania — A week after an anti-Semitic shooter massacred 11 worshipers at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue, the community embraced each other in prayer on Saturday.
IS EUROPE RETURNING to the horrors of the 1930s? In an assessment typical of the moment, Max Holleran writes in the New Republic that “in the past ten years, new right-wing political movements have brought together coalitions of Neo-Nazis with mainstream free-market conservatives, normalizing political ideologies that in the past rightly caused alarm.” He sees this trend creating a surge in “xenophobic populism.” Writing in Politico, Katy O’Donnell agrees: “Nationalist parties now have a toehold everywhere from Italy to Finland, raising fears the continent is backpedaling toward the kinds of policies that led to catastrophe in the first half of the 20th century.” Jewish leaders like Menachem Margolin, head of the European Jewish Association, sense “a very real threat from populist movements across Europe.”
IS EUROPE RETURNING to the horrors of the 1930s? In an assessment typical of the moment, Max Holleran writes in the New Republic that “in the past ten years, new right-wing political movements have brought together coalitions of Neo-Nazis with mainstream free-market conservatives, normalizing political ideologies that in the past rightly caused alarm.”
We’ve been told for a long time that the ceasefire is on the way. It had many names in the past, such as tahdiah, hudna, and most recently—”an arrangement.” On Friday, once again, reports started emerging that an agreement has been reached. Several hours later, southern Israel was hit with a barrage of rockets. What happened?
And He said, “You will not be able to see My face, for No Human Being shall see Me and live.” — Shemot 33:20
Faith is deeper than knowledge. While scientific data is absorbed only in the brain, faith permeates all parts of the human personality. Nothing is untouched, all spiritual limbs quiver, and everything is transformed. It is thus more difficult to acquire faith than knowledge, and faith has a more radical effect on the human being.
A Catholic archbishop recently touched on an unspoken but highly subversive phenomenon: How anti-Christian forces exploit Christian teachings to empower those who seek to dismantle Christian civilization, Muslims being chief among them.
In an interview published last summer by the Italian outlet IlGionarle.it, Catholic Archbishop Athanasius Schneider of Kazakhstan said:
The King of Jordan, not some lowly clerk, announced that Jordan will not extend the currently existing leases renting two parcels of land to Israel. One is the so-called Island of Peace in the northern Naharayim area and the other located in the southern Arava, near Tzofar, an agricultural cooperative village (moshav). Jordan was entirely within its rights to decide not to renew the leases