A lecturer accused of posting antisemitic messages on Facebook has been suspended from the University of Essex.
An investigation was launched after computer science lecturer Dr Maaruf Ali allegedly posted the claim: “The Zionists next want to create a society here at our university,” on a Facebook page for university freshers.
Despite opposition from 200 students in a vote on Thursday, the new Jewish Society will be set up, according to the university.
Other since-deleted posts from Ali’s account appeared to deny the Holocaust, while one shared image from a far-right Nazi-apologist website claimed one of the French police officers shot dead in the 2015 Paris terrorist attacks was “a Mossad agent live and well in Buenos Aires … a crypto-Jew in the service of Israeli intelligence”.
The university’s vice-chancellor, Prof…