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Welcome for Secretary of State’s letter to universities calling on them to adopt antisemitism definition

October 9, 2020 - Board of Deputies - Share: Twitter Facebook

Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl has applauded a letter sent out to universities today by Secretary of State for Education Gavin Williamson, asking that they sign up to the international definition of antisemitism by the end of the year.

Marie said: “We welcome this intervention by Secretary of State for Education Gavin Williamson calling on universities which have failed to sign up to the IHRA definition of antisemitism to do so by the end of the year. His letter demonstrates the Government’s commitment to protecting Jewish students on campus. We have been calling on universities to adopt the international definition of antisemitism for several years. There is no excuse for them not to take this essential step. We hope that the Government will take a similarly muscular approach towards IHRA with social media companies in the package around the Online Harms Bill.”

Read his letter here.