He said decisions were based on the Quaker values of Peace, Simplicity, Equality and Reconciliation. I asked where antisemitism fitted in with the criteria for accepting a room hire request. He said “We never use the word antisemitism. This would be in conflict with our Equality value. We would mention inciting racial or religious hatred against anyone. We would not spell it out in any more detail. We might now spell it out in more detail in a face to face discussion with prospective hirers, but would not mention the word antisemitism.” I was flummoxed by this.
“If you have no word in your vocabulary for the colour blue, how would you recognise when you see something blue?” I asked. He smiled beatifically. “I would say, all colours are equal”.