Statement on public apology from York Students' Union

We welcome the public apology given to Zachary Confino by the York University Students’ Union (YUSU) in light of the shocking antisemitism experienced by Zachary in his time at university.

We have worked closely with Zachary and YUSU in recent months and we’re happy that the issues have been resolved.  

However, this doesn’t mask the fact that antisemitism is still an issue on UK campuses. What is most worrying is that Zachary’s concerns were not considered to be serious, and therefore dismissed by so many people. This is a problem experienced all too often by Jewish students and is one that needs eradicating. We will continue to support Jewish students in ensuring that antisemitism is properly reported and dealt with across the UK.

We will be working with the University of York and York University Students’ Union (YUSU) to ensure that York continues to be a campus where Jewish students can feel safe to attend and one which their concerns about antisemitism will be taken seriously.

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