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Britain’s Education Minister orders summit on the surge of campus antisemitism

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Britain’s Education Minister Nadhim Zahawi has ordered a summit on campus antisemitism, the Jewish Chronicle reported.

The gathering will examine what can be done to make Jewish students feel safe. “We intend to bring together key stakeholders from the sector to examine what more can be done to make Jewish students and staff feel safe on campus,’’ said Zahawi.

The minister’s move comes as a recent report by the Community Security Trust (CST) shows a surge of 59 per cent of antisemitic incidents on campuses in the UK this academic year to 111 cases, an all-time high.

Zahawi visited last week the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camps in the framework of a delegation of ministers and parliamentarians from across Europe organized by the European Jewish Association that stressed the importance of education in the fight against antisemitism.

“Only last week I visited Auschwitz-Birkenau and that experience has left me even more determined to completely root out the evil of antisemitism from our campuses,’’ said Zahawi.

Last week, Israel’s ambassador to the UK, Tzipi Hotovely, was evacuated from a debate at the London School of Economics after having been targeted by an anti-Israel mob.

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