Senior Glasgow academic called Jewish student part of ‘the Lobby’

A senior education lecturer of Glasgow University, Dr. Muir Houston, labeled a fourth-year Jewish student part of “the Lobby” on his Twitter page in reference to an email by said student from March 2021, the Jewish Chronicle (JC) reported.

The student’s reason for contacting Houston in the first place was to challenge the academic’s public support of the controversial academic David Miller, then-professor of political sociology at the University of Bristol who had called Jewish students on his campus “pawns” of Israel in February last year.

The Twitter account “Muir TDM” tweeted quotes from the student’s message saying: “Email received from the Lobby” within an hour of its sendoff.

The student had also found earlier tweets that accused Louise Ellman, a former Jewish Labour Party MP, of being a “liar and a fraud“ who was working “at the behest of a foreign power.“ The tweets had been sent at the time Ms. Ellman rejoined the Labour Party, which she had initially chosen to leave in protest against its antisemitism.

The JC reported that the student, who wishes to remain anonymous, has made a number of complaints about Houston to the administration. The student had submitted two dozen screenshots of offensive social media posts from ‘Muir TDM’ after the university had claimed that a new investigation could be launched if “significant” new evidence came to light.


Subscribe to the EJC newsletter

Get the EJC newsletter, including the latest statements and news from the European Jewish communities, direct to your inbox.

European Jewish Congress will use the information you provide on this form to contact you. We will treat your information with respect and will not share it with others. By clicking Subscribe, you agree that we may process your information in accordance with these terms.

browse by community