Commentators on imposition of antisemitism definition in universities

A heated debate has broken out over the education secretary’s attempt to force universities to adopt the IHRA definition of antisemitism. Full story here

In favour:

Dave Rich, director of policy, Community Security Trust “the definition does not pose a threat to free speech or academic freedom”

Gideon Falter, Chief Executive of the Campaign against Antisemitism “to fight antisemitism we must define it, especially given its unique complexity”.


Professor Geoffrey Alderman Professor emeritus of history and politics at Buckingham University: “The implications of such a shameless act of ministerial overreach are breathtaking.”

Professor David Feldman, director of the Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism at Birkbeck, University of London: “the intervention not only threatens to provoke strife and confusion (but also) places academic freedom and free speech on campus at risk”.