Ac­tion at last

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT -

This week’s de­ci­sion by the Univer­sity of Cen­tral Lan­cashire to can­cel its Friends of Pales­tine group’s “Is­rael Apartheid Week” panel, and the ac­tive con­sid­er­a­tion be­ing given by other univer­sity au­thor­i­ties to sim­i­lar bans, is heart­en­ing. Most ob­vi­ously, it shows the power that gov­ern­ment has to do good. By adopt­ing the In­ter­na­tional Holo­caust Re­mem­brance Al­liance’s def­i­ni­tion of an­tisemitism, it has given uni­ver­si­ties a fur­ther tool for stamp­ing out big­otry on cam­pus — or, per­haps more ac­cu­rately, has forced some of those which have pre­vi­ously failed to act to re­alise that it is no longer ac­cept­able to do noth­ing. Too of­ten in the past, the big­ots have been able to use the lack of an ac­cepted def­i­ni­tion to ar­gue that their an­tisemitism is sim­ply an­tiZion­ism. Now, how­ever, it is much eas­ier to show when a line is be­ing crossed. The gov­ern­ment de­serves much credit for this.

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