In response to this comment article, a University spokesperson said-
‘We do appreciate the strong feelings surrounding this issue and the many different viewpoints on the subject. After carefully reviewing the matter it was the University’s considered opinion that Dr Gould’s article is not anti-Semitic and does not breach the proper bounds of freedom of speech and academic freedom. In coming to this decision, the University considered several definitions of antisemitism, including the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Definition, as well as the guidance from Universities UK, ‘Freedom of Speech on Campus: Rights and responsibilities in UK universities.
‘Separately from the review, the National Union of Jewish Students, the Chair of Bristol University JSoc and an individual student who contacted us about the matter were invited to meet with the University to discuss any additional support that Jewish students might need to ensure their wellbeing at the University.
‘We have a strong commitment to academic freedom and freedom of speech at Bristol. Universities are places of debate where differing and challenging views may properly be expressed. While these rights must be exercised responsibly, we protect the rights of our students and staff to speak out and engage in debate on important issues. We support the view of the European Court of Human Rights that freedom of expression constitutes one of the essential foundations of a democratic society and that such freedom is applicable not only to information or ideas that are favourably received, but also to those that have the potential to offend, shock or disturb.
‘We will continue to balance free speech with the sensitivities of the subjects being discussed.’