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David Miller came to our attention a few months ago when he wrote to us requesting information about COFIS. We didn't think this was because he had any sympathy for our work and, judging by what we are hearing about him, that may be an understatement.
Professor of Sociology at Bristol University, Miller has been accused by author Dave Rich of promoting an antisemitic conspiracy theory in which the university's Jewish Society and Union of Jewish Students are accused of being "directed by the State of Israel." A petition to dismiss Professor Miller from his post has been started by Jonathan Hoffman at change.org Both Hoffman and David Collier allude to the long-term nature of allegations against Professor Miller, dating back more than a decade and preceding his current appointment. The latest controversy, reported in the Jewish Chronicle of 15 February involves an angry outburst in which he described Zionism as an "enemy" which needs to be "ended" and accusing Israel of "trying to impose their will over all the world."
Bristol University has issued a statement stating that they "do not endorse the comments of David Miller": however, stopped short of indicating any disciplinary action against him, citing employment law and the need for privacy. In recent days, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Anti-Semitism [sic] has called for a meeting with the university's vice chancellor and the Board of Deputies has also written to him.
SOURCES (All accessed on 23 February 2021)