Professor wins discrimination case in anti-Zionism tribunal
A sociology professor sacked by the University of Bristol over his anti-Zionist comments has won a landmark decision by an employment tribunal, which decided that he was discriminated against because of his beliefs.
its judgment on Monday, the Bristol employment tribunal ruled that Professor
David Miller’s anti-Zionist beliefs qualified as a philosophical belief, which
is protected under the Equality Act 2010.
added that Miller was subject to direct discrimination because of his
Lowe Solicitors, who represented Miller at court, called the judgement a
significant triumph, establishing that anti-Zionist beliefs are legally
protected in the workplace.
Miller successfully claimed discrimination based on his philosophical belief
that Zionism is inherently racist, imperialist, and colonial, [which is] a
protected characteristic under the Equality Act 2010, alongside a finding of unfair
dismissal,” a statement issued by the solicitors said.
judgement establishes for the first time ever that anti-Zionist beliefs are
protected in the workplace,” they added.
am extremely pleased that the tribunal has concluded that I was unfairly and
wrongfully dismissed by the University of Bristol. I am also very proud that we
have managed to establish that anti-Zionist views qualify as a protected belief
under the UK Equality Act,” Miller said.
Miller was fired by the University of Bristol in October 2021 after he made
statements about the role of the Zionist movement in promoting Islamophobia.
his dismissal, Miller asserted that he was subject to an organized campaign by
groups and individuals opposed to his anti-Zionist views, which was aimed at
getting him sacked.
took the University of Bristol to the employment tribunal on the basis of
unlawful discrimination for his beliefs in breach of the Equality Act 2010.
a post on X social media platform after winning the case, Miller said, “This is
not just a victory for me, but also a victory for pro-Palestine campaigners
many years, anti-Zionists have faced harassment and censorship in Britain due
to the efforts of the Israel lobby. Many people have faced disciplinary
procedures and lost their jobs for manifesting their anti-Zionist beliefs,” he
expressed hope that “this case will become a touchstone precedent in all the
future battles that we face with the racist and genocidal ideology of Zionism
and the movement to which it is attached.”
verdict is also a vindication of the approach I have taken throughout this
period, which is to say that a genocidal and maximalist Zionism can only be effectively
confronted by a maximalist anti-Zionism," he noted.