CCJ Statement on UCLSU vote not to adopt IHRA definition of antisemitism

Posted Fri, 01/25/2019 - 15:20 by MCS

CCJ shares Jewish students’ disappointment following the UCL SU’s vote to reject the IHRA definition of antisemitism. CCJ believes that antisemitism should be defined by Jewish people.

The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition is the most widely accepted definition of antisemitism among Jewish communities. It is used by governments around the world, the Crown Prosecution Service, the Anglican College of Bishops and the National Union of Students.

CCJ is saddened by the decision of UCLSU to not adopt the IHRA definition at a time of rising antisemitism on campus. We are deeply concerned about how this will affect Jewish students, particularly due to the troubling atmosphere in which the debate was conducted. We stand with UCL Jewish Society and the Union of Jewish Students in opposing antisemitism. It is only through listening to Jewish students and learning from their experience that we can remove antisemitism from universities.

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