Jews Sans Frontieres draws our attention to a very important official ruling delivered last week by the Employment Tribunal in a case brought by a Zionist teacher, Ronnie Fraser, alleging “institutional anti-semitism” against the University & College Union (UCU).
In a damning judgement, the Employment Tribunal rejected Fraser’s complaint and made the following crucial observation:
“It seems to us that a belief in the Zionist project or an attachment to Israel or any similar sentiment cannot amount to a protected characteristic. It is not intrinsically a part of Jewishness…”
There have been strenuous attempts made by leading Zionist bodies in recent years to get anti-Zionism equated with anti-Semitism with a view to curtailing public criticism of the illegal actions of the apartheid state of Israel. The Employment Tribunal ruling is therefore worth studying in detail and I may post more about this in the coming days…
Update: You can read the press release from the UCU on its victory in this case here.