A British university reportedly canceled a lecture on Islamic anti-Semitism, sparking accusations of censorship. The London Times reported that the University of Leeds told
German political scientist Matthias Koentzel on his arrival Wednesday that his lecture, “Hitler’s Legacy: Islamic Anti-Semitism in the Middle
East,” had been canceled on “security grounds.” The Times reported that the school nixed the lecture following complaints from Muslim students. “I value the
integrity of academic debate and I feel that it really is in danger here,” Koentzel told the Times.
“This is a very important subject and if you cannot address it on university
property, then what is a university for?”
Koentzel is a research associate at the Vidal Sassoon International Center for
the Study of Anti-Semitism at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.