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Open letter to Jewish students at Sussex

To all Jewish students and students in general at the University of Sussex.

Following the Home Office report on Antisemitism in the UK released in October 2016 and anti-semitic attacks at UCL, earlier this academic year, the Students’ Union executive team would like to reaffirm the Students’ Union’s commitment to do everything that is in our power to make each and every Sussex student feel welcome and safe on campus and in every activity organised by the Students’ Union and its clubs and societies. We are here to support you. 

At the Students’ Union we acknowledge that anti-semitism exists on campus and we are committed to work with JSoc and all students through dialogue to address anti-semitism on campus. We recognise the right of Jewish students to identity their own oppression, as well as all other students. The Students’ Union has an Equality and Diversity policy that is about  “respecting and valuing other perspectives” which includes Jewish students, like any other students.

We would like to apologise if the committee members of Jsoc felt that they could not come to the entire current officer team to talk to us, due to the fact that some officers signed an open letter supporting Malia Bouattia, current NUS President, after the Home Office report was released. It was never our intention to make them feel that we would not listen to them. Whilst the officers who signed the letter stand by their actions, we apologise to all students who felt disregarded by this stance.

Best wishes,

Adèle (Activities Officer), Sarah (Society and Citizenship Officer), Savannah (Undergraduate Education Officer), Rose (Postgraduate Education Officer), Annie (President), Grainne (Welfare Officer), Fi (Students with Disabilities Officer), Nishad (Ethnic Minority Students Officer), Frida (Women Students Officer)

 

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