“Controversial anti-Semitism definition undermines free speech, warn lawyers and judges” – Middle East Monitor

“According to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, ‘Everyone has the right to freedom of expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.’ The lawyers cited this in their letter and argued that this right is embodied in English Law, and that the IHRA undermines those rights.

‘The definition is often described as ‘the international definition of anti-Semitism’,’ they explained, ‘but it has no legislative or other authority in international or domestic law.’ They cited notable scholars on anti-Semitism who have also criticised the definition and warned against its adoption.

The Conservative government has threatened to punish universities with loss of income if they fail to comply with its demand to adopt the IHRA. This was denounced as “legally and morally wrong.”

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