Britain’s first-ever higher educator adjudicator has warned some of the country’s universities have become so rift with anti-Semitism that they’ve turned into no-go zones for Jews.
And coincidentally, some of these same universities take big dollar donations from Muslim-dominated Gulf countries, including Saudi Arabia.
From the Telegraph:
“Baroness Ruth Deech, a cross-bench peer who formerly held the highest office dealing with student complaints, said that institutions may be failing to combat hatred against Jews as they are “afraid of offending” their potential benefactors from Gulf states.
“Her comments come after a series of high profile incidents at top universities where Jewish students claim they were verbally abused or physically attacked. The academic community is at the forefront of calls to boycott Israel.
“In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Baroness Deech said that the extreme levels of hostility towards Israel at universities across the country can at times go so far as to equate to anti-Semitism.
“‘Many universities are in receipt of or are chasing very large donations from Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states and so on, and maybe they are frightened of offending them,” she said. “I don’t know why they aren’t doing anything about it, it really is a bad situation.'”
Deech used to serve as a senior proctor at Oxford University and a principal at St. Anne’s College, and now says too many places of higher learning around Britain have become unwelcoming of Jews.
And their reputation as no-go zones for Jewish students are gaining.
She said, in the Telegraph: “Amongst Jewish students, there is gradually a feeling that there are certain universities that you should avoid,” Baroness Deech said. “Definitely SOAS, Manchester I think is now not so popular because of things that have happened there, Southampton, Exeter and so on.”
Southampton University just canceled one of its planned events on Israel just a year ago. Why?
The Telegraph reports:
“Last year, Southampton University was forced to cancel a conference on Israel’s right to exist in the face of criticism from opponents who described it as “giving legitimacy to anti-Semitism”.
“One of its most respected former alumni returned his degree in protest and at least one major patron of the university was said to have been considering withdrawing funding.”
And there are plenty more examples.
Again, from the Telegraph:
“The Charities Commission are currently investigating an alleged anti-Semitic talk at SOAS, where the Palestine Society hosted a speaker last month who described the creation of Israel as a ‘racist’, ‘fascist’ endeavour, and linked the ‘cult’ of Zionism to the Nazis.
“The University of Manchester was popular with Jewish students but now has fallen out of favour in recent years after its student union started adopting motions perceived as hostile against Jews, including endorsing the boycott, divest and sanction campaign against Israel.
“Earlier this year students at Exeter University were photographed wearing T-shirts displaying racist and anti-Semitic slogans at a sports club social event.
“Phrases photographed included: “Don’t speak to me if you’re not white,” and, “The Holocaust was a good time.” At the time, a spokesman for the university said there would be a full investigation into the reports.”
Saudi Arabia, meanwhile, has become one of the largest donors to British universities in recent months.