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.”
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At the same time, the Trump administration is readying further possible sanctions on Venezuela, the official said.
Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro attends a military exercise in Maracaibo. (photo credit: MIRAFLORES PALACE/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS)
WASHINGTON, Feb 8 – The United States is holding direct communications with members of Venezuela’s military urging them to abandon leader Nicolas Maduro and is also preparing new sanctions aimed at increasing pressure on him, a senior White House official said.
The Shalva Band following their final performance on “Rising Star.” Photo: Screenshot.
The Shalva Band has removed itself from the race to represent Israel in this year’s Eurovision competition because some of its members observed Shabbat and would not be able to partake in mandatory rehearsals, The Jerusalem Post reported on Tuesday.
The group, made up of eight musicians who have special needs, was one of four finalists in the “Rising Star” singing contest — the winner of which will represent Israel in Eurovision, set to be held in Tel Aviv in May.
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As Birthright Israel reaches its 700,000th participant, certain voices in America have done their best to slander the organization and force it to make drastic changes. Having staffed multiple Birthright trips as a madrich (youth leader), I have had the amazing opportunity to pass on some of the love for Israel that helped change my life.
Local police in Manchester’s Whitefield neighborhood declared the vandalism a criminal act rather than antisemitic.
Protesters hold placards and flags during a demonstration, organised by the British Board of Jewish Deputies for those who oppose anti-Semitism, in Parliament Square in London, Britain, March 26, 2018.. (photo credit: HENRY NICHOLLS/REUTERS)
The Philips Park Jewish cemetery in Manchester, England, was vandalized on Saturday, during which the tomb of Rabbi Yehuda Zev Segal, who died last year, was desecrated.
Protestors call for the severing of diplomatic ties with Israel during a march in Cape Town. (photo credit: MIKE HUTCHINGS / REUTERS)
A proposed multi-million dollar deal between Israel’s Central Bottling Company (CBC) and South Africa’s biggest dairy producer Clover could be in serious trouble due to heavy pressure from the anti-Israel lobby.
Newly-formed consortium Milco, in which Israel’s Central Bottling Company (CBC) holds a majority, is offering to buy 59.5% of the South African dairy producer.
We need to give the Likud Party some credit for not destroying itself in Tuesday’s internal elections. Given that primaries are the very embodiment of deal-making, political machines and big worker unions voting in lockstep, the results could have been far worse.
When it came to casting a secret ballot, the Likud Party’s registered voters did display some maturity. They weren’t the obedient foot soldiers of Benjamin Netanyahu, who has failed again and again in his machinations.
With elections barely two months away, the greatest challenge facing Israel’s Right emanates neither from the Center nor the Left, but, rather, from within.
Indeed, if recent polls are accurate, several small parties on the Right, most of which may not individually pass the minimum threshold to make it into the next Knesset, could nonetheless win a combined total of 10 to 12 seats, all of which would end up in the dustbin if they fail to run together.
August 2017, white supremacists marched in Charlottesville shouting, “Jews will not replace us”. October 2018, one white supremacist posted on social media that “Jews are taking over the white house”, and that Trump is a puppet of the Jews. Shabbat, the same month, a man enters a synagogue during a Bris celebration and butchers Jewish people who are praying. December 2018, Women’s March leader and Louis Farrakhan (“I’m not an antisemite, I’m an anti-termite”) fan, Tamika Mallory says: “White Jews, as white people, uphold white supremacy…”
Henry Ford devoted his life to two passions: making cars and demonizing Jews. When Hitler said, “I regard Henry Ford as my inspiration,” he wasn’t referring to his car manufacturing. He was referring to Ford’s anti-Semitic ideology that eventuated in the genocide of six million Jews.
Henry Ford does not deserve to be honored. The question the good people of Dearborn should ask themselves is: What would you do if the performing arts center were named after Jefferson Davis? If the answer is that you would remove Davis’s name, then you should remove Ford’s.
It was reported recently that the USA and the Taliban have reached a peace agreement on Afghanistan that will allow US forces to leave that country 17 years after they invaded it on October, 2001, less than a month after 9/11.
Al Qaeda had used that dysfunctional state as a safe haven and, while there, was able to plan and execute the attacks that took the lives of over 3000 people in. After the West invaded, the Taliban