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Bully for Lady Deech

From the Education Guardian:

Student unions must be brought within the Race Relations Amendment Act to protect Jewish students and university leaders must crack down on anti-semitism on campus, Lady Deech, the independent adjudicator for higher education, urged…

She told the House of Lords that increasing anti-semitism posed a threat in British universities and strongly condemned the proposed academic boycott of Israel by members of the University and College Union…

Calling on vice-chancellors to act, Lady Deech said: “It should be made plain that there is a right to speak and assemble but that hate crime and incitement to commit illegal acts will not be tolerated on campus under the cloak of freedom of speech…

She called on UK universities to learn from their history of academic cowardice when confronted by racism:

…as early as 1923 Vienna University was the focus of assaults on Jewish students and curbs on Jewish professors and on the right to learn; followed by Warsaw University which imposed racial restrictions in the 1930s.

Candace de Russy is a nationally recognized expert on education and cultural issues.

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