Written by Student Rights on 10 March 2016 at 12pm

Antisemitism on Campus – A Student Rights Briefing

A new briefing released by Student Rights, Antisemitism on Campus’, details a number of examples of the ways in which antisemitism has manifested on campuses across the UK since 2011.

The briefing documents how speakers with a history of making antisemitic remarks or recycling antisemitic tropes have been given platforms on several UK campuses, as well as detailing incidents of verbal and physical abuse against Jewish students.

It also makes clear that too often student society social media pages have been ungoverned areas where antisemitic abuse and conspiracies are freely shared.

The briefing documents a number of posts made on these pages that spread hatred or repeat antisemitic conspiracy theories which would likely not be tolerated were they repeated by a student or speaker at an event.

These include:

·         Posts complaining British politicians are “on the Jewish payroll”; that Jews control the majority of “western media”; and that Israel is “illegally harvesting organs”;

·         Videos titled ‘Jewish-Zionist Power in America’ and ‘CNN, Goldman Sachs & the Zio Matrix’, the latter created by former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke;

·         A claim on the University of Glasgow Palestine Society that “the mainstream media is owned by rabid Zionists” and posts which referred to Israeli police officers as “filthy heartless pigs” who would soonbeg for ur [sic] life but no one will b [sic] spared among u [sic]”.

·         Posts on the University of Westminster Palestine Solidarity Campaign statingthe Zionist Israelis…are totally akin” to the Nazis andI believe Zionist Israel is actually worse than the Nazis”.

The blurring of the boundaries between pro-Palestine activism and antisemitism inherent in many of these posts, and the claims made by students of a culture in which Jewish students who raise concerns are accused of ‘crying wolf’ is deeply concerning.

Until this changes, and universities take disciplinary action against those students and societies involved, we will continue to see antisemitism on our campuses.