British university union rejects motion to adopt antisemitism definition
Leeds – The Leeds University Union voted against a motion calling on the British institution to fight antisemitism, prompting a university-wide referendum on the subject.
The draft motion submitted by the Leeds University Jewish Society to the student government called for the adoption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism. The definition includes some examples of anti-Israel vitriol, but states that criticism of Israel that is comparable to criticism of any other country does not constitute antisemitism.
In the vote Monday at a union policy forum, the motion came up two votes shy of the required number for adoption, though 10 representatives voted in favor and five against. A university-wide referendum is likely to fail.
The Leeds Jewish society is “incredibly disappointed,” its spokespeople wrote on Twitter.
We are incredibly disappointed that tonight students voted against a motion to combat antisemitism. It will now be sent to campus wide referendum. Jewish students have a right to feel safe. pic.twitter.com/HaJcJgm9pY— Leeds JSoc (@Leeds_JSoc) March 11, 2019