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Protecting and Offending Jews: Speech, Law and Policy

Symposium: Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism, Birkbeck, University of London in partnership with the All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism

Event Information

28th June, 2016
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Jubilee Room, Westminster Hall, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA
Rebecca Hilsenrath, Chief Executive, Equality and Human Rights Commission; Paul Iganski, Lancaster University; Omar Khan, Director, Runnymede Trust; Brendan McGeever, Birkbeck, University of London, and Rowan Williams, Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge

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.

 

 

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Play: David Feldman, Director, Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism, Birkbeck, University of London
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