Scottish PSC welcomes the overwhelming votes by University and College Union (UCU) Scotland Congress to pass motions to defend Professor David Miller and to reject the discredited IHRA working definition.
David Miller, a UCU member, is under attack by Israel lobby groups who are calling for his dismissal from Bristol University. He is a target not only because of his political views, a supporter of Palestinian rights and an opponent of Israel and its political ideology, Zionism, but also because of his academic work which includes extensive research into the ‘Israel lobby’, the network of pro-Israel organisations which exist in the UK. He is also well known for his research on Islamophobia, including links between the Zionist movement and anti-Muslim networks globally.
One of the tactics used by Israel and its supporters to stop international civil society from responding the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions against the state of Israel for its human rights abuses (BDS), is through the so-called IHRA definition of antisemitism and to accuse BDS supporters of being antisemitic. The IHRA is being used to protect Israel from criticism, has been rejected by Jewish academics and experts in antisemitism, and its use for this purpose has been rejected by the person who devised it. The decision by UCU Scotland Congress to reject the IHRA and to oppose it wherever it is being advocated in Higher Education is a significant move toward defending academic freedom and freedom of speech.
Defend David Miller, defend academic freedom
UCU Scotland congress
Rejecting the IHRA definition
Congress notes with concern the pressure on English universities from the UK Secretary of State for Education to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism (IHRA);
Whilst there is no requirement on Scottish universities to adopt IHRA, there may be pressure to do so.
Whilst the Scottish Government has adopted IHRA, it has made clear that public bodies are entitled to make their own decisions including adoption of BDS
UCU has already rejected a forerunner of IHRA.
On 23 November 2019, EuroPal Forum and Middle East Monitor co-hosted a conference at the Holiday Inn Bloomsbury in London on the relations between Europe and Palestine. A first of its kind, the conference brought together individuals at the forefront of discourse on Palestine in
As the European Court of Justice (ECJ) rules that European Union countries must identify products made in Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory, MEMO and EuroPal Forum are hosting a conference to discuss the EU’s position on major issues related to the occupat