UCL Jewish Society and UJS are disturbed by the decision of the UCL Academic Board to support the recommendation to replace the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism. Whilst this decision is deeply flawed, we want to reassure students that at this point this is only a recommendation and does not change the status of the IHRA definition at UCL.
Jewish student voices will not be silenced, nor dictated to by a small group of academics, who are more interested in theoretical discussion of antisemitism than practically supporting their students.
Jewish students have consistently demonstrated that this is the definition that should be used in order to protect them best.
We are confident that the Provost, Dr Michael Spence, will make the correct decision and reject the recommendation of the Academic Board and maintain the use of the IHRA definition within UCL and ensure the safety of its Jewish students.