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A recent ruling regarding anti-Zionist academic David Miller's dismissal from the University of Bristol and the recognition of anti-Zionism as a protected characteristic in the workplace has

sparked deep concern among Jewish groups, including the Union of Jewish Students (UJS).

Miller's termination from Bristol University in October 2021 stemmed from comments he made about Israel, which were perceived by some as antisemitic. The university cited that his remarks did not align with its standards of behavior, leading Jewish students to express feeling "unsafe and unprotected" on campus.

Following his dismissal, Miller continued to make controversial statements about Israel, referring to it as "the enemy of world peace" and labeling the Jewish Society at Bristol University as an "Israel lobby group" that had stirred up unwarranted concern about his teaching.

Now, a Bristol Employment Tribunal has determined that Miller's anti-Zionist beliefs qualify as a philosophical belief and a protected characteristic under the Equality Act of 2010. However, the UJS expressed disappointment with the tribunal's judgment, fearing that it could establish a dangerous precedent regarding what can be lawfully expressed on campus about Jewish students and their affiliated societies, potentially jeopardizing their safety.

The CST, a Jewish security group, echoed these concerns, emphasizing worries about the acceptability of a university professor publicly targeting Jewish students and societies. They highlighted Miller's continued expression of objectionable opinions on Iranian State TV as particularly troubling.

Miller himself claimed that his academic career effectively ended due to his termination over comments about Israel. While he succeeded in his claims of unfair dismissal, the tribunal noted that his compensation was halved due to his own actions contributing to his dismissal.

Despite the tribunal's findings, Miller feels vindicated and proud that his case established anti-Zionist views as a protected belief under UK law. His legal representative applauded his courage in challenging the campaign against him by Zionists, portraying him as a trailblazer.

Meanwhile, the University of Bristol expressed disappointment with the tribunal's findings but acknowledged the judgment. They reiterated their commitment to fostering a positive environment while preserving academic freedom, noting that they are reviewing the judgment carefully before making further comments. Photo by Adrian Pingstone, Wikimedia commons.