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Skidmore asks universities to adopt antisemitism guidelines

Universities have been told to “show moral leadership” by adopting the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of antisemitism after several Jewish student societies were asked to pay for their own security during campus events.

Universities and science minister Chris Skidmore is urging institutions to adopt the IHRA guidelines and tackle “unacceptable religious hatred” in a letter to universities sent this week. It comes after the Jewish Leadership Council, the Union of Jewish Students and the Community Security Trust reported that several Jewish societies were asked to pay up to £2,000 for their own security, which Skidmore described as “unacceptable” and could threaten free speech.

“There is no place in our society for hatred or any form of harassment and it is frankly appalling that the battle against antisemitism still exists,” Skidmore said in a statement on 17 May.

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