Student Urged to Stop Protesting Anti-Semitism

May 12, 2005

Source: The Jerusalem Post

On May 12, 2005 The Jerusalem Post reported, "As students bought lunch and coffee at London's School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) campus, the Islamic call to prayer, 'Allahu Akbar,' blasted repeatedly through several speakers situated around the student union... SOAS, scene to a growing number of anti-Semitic incidents in recent months, has issued a threat to one of its Jewish students to cease his protests against anti-Semitism at the university. Gavin Gross, an American, has been leading a campaign against the deterioration of conditions for Jewish students at SOAS, which is part of the University of London. He recently received a letter from the school's director, Colin Bundy, threatening him with 'an investigation under the disciplinary code.' Gross received the letter shortly after the Board of Deputies, the elected leadership of the British Jewish community, sent a dossier based on evidence Gross submitted documenting attacks on Jewish students at SOAS and threatening to take legal action if steps were not taken to address the problem. The letter to Gross said his 'conduct appears to contravene SOAS's disciplinary code of practice, warranting investigations as potential misconduct under the code.'"