By TARA ROSS – The Press | Monday, 24 September 2007

New Zealand universities stand accused of chronic, endemic anti-Semitism in a new book by a South African-Australian academic.

Professor Colin Tatz, a visiting fellow at the Australian National University, has highlighted the controversial cases of Joel Hayward at the University of Canterbury and Hans Kupka at Waikato University as evidence of wider anti-Semitism within New Zealand academia.

“Two postgraduate disparagers of Jews and their history do not make a whole society anti-Semitic,” he writes.

“But it is the wide supporting cast that leads to a reasonable conclusion that there is a chronic, endemic anti-Semitism in academe and in the intellectual world of New Zealand.”