The aim of the symposium is twofold. First, it is to consider those aspects of discourse which offend Jews. Is offensive discourse necessarily antisemitic? Do people take offence too readily and endanger free debate? At what point does criticism of Israel become offensive? Second, it is to ask whether, in view of growing concern over antisemitism, the law should be augmented or amended to protect Jews further or whether current laws that target discrimination and prejudice give adequate protection.
Session 1: Giving and Taking Offence
Rowan Williams, Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge
Session 2: Zones of Controversy – Social Media and BDS
Paul Iganski, Lancaster University
Brendan McGeever, Birkbeck, University of London
Session 3: Race, Religion and the Law
Omar Khan, Director, Runnymede Trust
Rebecca Hilsenrath, Chief Executive, Equality and Human Rights Commission
Please note: this symposium does not form part of the Chakrabarti inquiry into antisemitism and other forms of racism in the Labour Party.
The Pears Institute explores the pattern of antisemitism both today and in the past. We connect research on antisemitism to the wider study of racialization and intolerance.