Israel and Antisemitism in Britain: Now and in the Future

Event Date: 10 December 2014
Room B01
Clore Management Building,
Birkbeck, University of London
Malet St
London, WC1E 7HX

The Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism presents:

Israel and Antisemitism in Britain: Now and in the Future

A Panel Discussion

Speakers: Rt. Hon. Baroness Warsi PC; Eve Garrard, University of Manchester; Ed Kessler, Woolf Institute, University of Cambridge; Brian Klug, University of Oxford; Daniella Peled, journalist

The summer of 2014 will be remembered by many for the conflict between Israel and Gaza brought so vividly into our homes through daily news reporting.  Its repercussions were also felt in Britain in another way, marked by a dramatic increase in recorded antisemitic incidents.

This panel discussion will reflect on the ways in which antisemitism figured in the controversies caused by the conflict.  The speakers, representing a range of views on both Israel and Palestine and on the nature and significance of antisemitism in Britain, will explore: is there a climate of rising antisemitism in Britain? Does the charge of antisemitism levied at the critics of Israel silence legitimate concerns? What is the relationship between Israel and antisemitism in Britain today and how should the experiences of the summer inform debate in the future?

About the speakers:


The Rt. Hon. Baroness Warsi PC, was the first Muslim Cabinet Minister, appointed to office in 2010, and also Chairman of the Conservative Party from 2010-2012. In 2012 she became Minister for Faith and Communities and Senior Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth office. Baroness Warsi resigned from Government in August 2014 over the Government’s stand on Gaza.

Eve Garrard is a moral philosopher and Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Manchester. Her current research interests focus on investigation of the concepts of evil and forgiveness. She is also a contributor to the on-line journal fathom.

Dr Edward Kessler MBE is founder and Executive Director of the Woolf Institute and a leading thinker in interfaith relations, primarily, Jewish-Christian-Muslim relations. He is vice-Chair of the Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life, chaired by Baroness Butler-Sloss. His most recent book is entitled, Jews, Christians and Muslims (SCM Press, 2013).

Dr Brian Klug is Senior Research Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy at the University of Oxford. His research interests lie in ‘race’, racialisation and multiculturalism; Islamophobia and antisemitism; and Jewish identity. He is the author of Being Jewish and Doing Justice: Bringing Argument to Life (Vallentine Mitchell, 2011).

Daniella Peled is an editor at the Institute for War and Peace Reporting. A former foreign editor of the Jewish Chronicle, she writes widely on Israel and Palestine and is a regular contributor to Ha’aretz.


Introduction by Professor David Feldman (Pears Institute):

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Dr Eve Garrard:

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Baroness Warsi:

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Dr Edward Kessler MBE:

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Daniella Peled:

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Dr Brian Klug:

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Audience Questions and Responses:

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