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London University institute to be first to study anti-Semitism

These anti-Semitism lessons will be held at Birkbeck College. SOAS and LSE students have been learning them at their mother's knee.  From The Times. (Anti-Semitism is spelt every which way, so take your pick.)

Britain is to get its first academic institute for the study of anti-Semitism, London Univesity has announced.

The institute, which will be established at Birkbeck College, will offer courses in anti-Semitism to undergraduates and graduates as well as short courses for teachers, public officials and community leaders.

It will be located beside the world’s oldest Holocaust memorial library, the Weiner Library, which will move to Birkbeck to enhance the institute’s research and teaching capacity despite remaining independent.

The institute will be funded by a £1.5 million donation from a charitable body, the Pears Foundation, which was set up in 1992 by the family which owns a private property group, the William Pears Group.


“We are setting up the institute with Birkbeck at this particular time because our foundation considers that this strategic approach to the study of antisemitism is not being sufficiently addressed elsewhere and is long overdue,” Mr Pears said.

“We believe that the study of anti-Semitism is vital to the understanding of all racism and xenophobia. Our concern is that antisemitism is misunderstood and viewed solely as a Jewish issue. We believe anti-Semitism is a ‘societal illness’ – a rise in anti-Semitism signals something is wrong or worsening in society.”


Warnings of a rise in anti-Semitism have been issued by several prominent figures this year. The Chief Rabbi, Sir Jonathan Sacks, told The Times in January that the internet had produced a “virulent” new strain of global anti-Semitism.

In the first half of this year 609 anti-Semitic incidents were recorded in Britain by the Community Support Trust, which minitors [sic] attacks on Jews, which was more than double the number of an average year. It blamed a backlash against Israel’s offensive in Gaza.

This "Community Support Trust" should take a few lessons. Blaming Israel for attacks on British Jews is itself disgustingly anti-Semitic. And to do so without mentioning the Muslim perpetrators requires a true contortionist's skill. What will it do for an encore - stick its Community Support head up its Trusting backside?

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