A statement on recent developments within the crisis in Palestine and Israel

A statement from the Executive Officers

 

We are deeply concerned about the devastating impact of the ongoing occupation of Gaza.

We strongly condemn acts of aggression by the Israeli government against civilians, as there is no justification for this level of violence and the breaking of international law.

Acceptance of killing non-combatants, such as civilians, healthcare workers, and journalists, by any party* is deplorable. We repeat our calls for the bloodshed to cease immediately, and for those in power to do their utmost to make this a reality.

We stand in solidarity with the people of Palestine, for their safety and their right to live in peace. We hope to see a diplomatic, anti-war, and peaceful solution.

The safety and well-being of all students is our priority. We want to especially ensure that we offer support to students from Palestine, Israel and any bordering countries impacted by this conflict. Everyone is affected in different ways. We understand this is a distressing and uncertain time for many students who worry for their friends, family, and loved ones.

It should not need to be said, but abuse and harassment of our Jewish and Israeli students because of the actions taken by the Israeli government is not acceptable, as they are by no means responsible. Hate crime has risen nationally, including incidences of antisemitism and Islamophobia. We will not tolerate any abusive behaviour or language in our spaces.

We continue to work with the University to monitor the situation on our campuses and its impact on our students. We encourage students struggling emotionally, financially, or academically to reach out. The Students' Union can direct you to the relevant support needed.

The Students' Union is here to support you. Please reach out if you need our help.

From,

Your Executive Officers

Help & Support
What else is the Students' Union doing to support students?
  • The Students' Union has previously issued a statement on the crisis.
  • We are meeting regularly with Friends of Palestine, Jewish & Israel Society, the Union of Jewish Students and the University Director of Student Experience, to discuss support needs for students and the impact on the student experience.
  • We are meeting regularly with the university to discuss and resolve issues and to respond to student feedback and needs.
  • Events run by our student groups from affected communities are being fast-tracked with a variety of fundraising activity and vigils being supported. Where requested from students we have worked with university security to ensure additional presence when needed.
  • We continue to respond to a large variety of feedback, concerns and complaints raised by students, staff and external bodies and the press.
  • We have worked with students to ensure protests taking place on campus are conducted in a safe and appropriate manner. 
*Including the Israeli Government or Hamas. Hamas is designated as a proscribed terrorist organisation by the UK Government.
 

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