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”.

Against:

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”.