In October, the Home Affairs Select Committee published their report into anti-Semitism in the UK. Guild of Students Anti-Racism & Anti Fascism Officer Rachel, is here to update you with her thoughts:
“The report details the recurring issues faced by the British Jewish community – and, most relevant to us as students, highlighted the failures of the National Union of Students and its leadership in addressing anti-Semitism within Higher Education. When students of all races, religions and cultural backgrounds elect their fellow students to represent them, they expect those in positions of responsibility to act accordingly. If any Jewish students – or any students for that matter – feel as if their rights and demands are not being adequately defended or met, it is the responsibility of the NUS to listen to students and to better their efforts. As ARAFO, it is my duty to ensure that all students feel that campus is a safe space for them, and I would like to reiterate my commitment to working with the Guild to achieve this”.
Ellie Keiller, Guild President, says “We will continue to support the voices of all marginalised students on our campus and within the Guild. In line with our Zero Tolerance Policy, racism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and discrimination will not be tolerated in any form. We remind all students that Guild Advice is a designated hate crime reporting centre and that we are here to support you if you feel unsafe on campus”.