EUMC Working Definition of antisemitism repudiated by UCU

Although the result was fully expected, it was still extremely depressing to read David Hirsh’s report of the debate which has just taken place at Congress.  Here is the text of Motion 70.

“Congress notes with concern that the so-called ‘EUMC working definition of antisemitism’, while not adopted by the EU or the UK government and having no official status, is being used by bodies such as the NUS and local student unions in relation to activities on campus.

Congress believes that the EUMC definition confuses criticism of Israeli government policy and actions with genuine antisemitism, and is being used to silence debate about Israel and Palestine on campus.

Congress resolves:

  1. that UCU will make no use of the EUMC definition (e.g. in educating members or dealing with internal complaints)
  2. that UCU will dissociate itself from the EUMC definition in any public discussion on the matter in which UCU is involved
  3. that UCU will campaign for open debate on campus concerning Israel’s past history and current policy, while continuing to combat all forms of racial or religious discrimination”

I particularly recommend Eve Garrard’s piece, A Lesson in Logic, on this issue.

Hat Tip: Engage