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Anti-Semitism in the UK

There's a slightly confusing article on the Guardian website today about a raucous anti-Semitism debate at the annual conference of Britain's National Union of Students. Feelings ran so high in the debate at Blackpool that the chairman was forced to … Read More

By / March 29, 2007

There's a slightly confusing article on the Guardian website today about a raucous anti-Semitism debate at the annual conference of Britain's National Union of Students.

Feelings ran so high in the debate at Blackpool that the chairman was forced to ban the taking of photographs and filming on the conference floor as some unidentified delegates were heard to shout "we have your photographs on file" at speakers.

Quite who the people shouting were, and who they were shouting at, is not explicitly clear, but the topic of discussion "whether the NUS should implement the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia's (EUMC) working definition of anti-Semitism" clearly brought out the worst in some people.

The contentious issue was the EUMC's inclusion that "such manifestations could also target the state of Israel, conceived as a Jewish collectivity".

In other words: criticism of Israel can sometimes be anti-Semitic. True or False?

 

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