The University of Central Lancashire has come under fire from the international community after it was announced that an event planned by the Friends of Palestine Society was cancelled by the university due to the event allegedly “violating government’s definition of anti-Jewish hatred”.
A spokesperson for the University said,
“The UK government has formally adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s new definition of what constitutes anti-Semitism.
“We believe the proposed talk contravenes the new definition and furthermore breaches university protocols for such events, where we require assurances of a balanced view or a panel of speakers representing all interests.”
A representative from the Friends of Israel Society said,
“Though we deeply disagree with the Friends of Palestine on their stance on the issue, it’s a blatant display of censorship to deny them a platform.”
The Friends of Palestine Society have been approached for comment.
The Israel-Palestine conflict became a hot-button topic in UCLan Students’ Union after the publication of an anonymous piece entitled “Palestine Doesn’t Exist: Stop Kidding Yourself” in the March edition of The Pulse. The Editor-in-Chief later made the decision to stop distributing the papers due to a swathe of discontent.