UJS response to Chakrabati inquiry

We welcome the completion of Shami Chakrabarti’s inquiry into antisemitism and all other forms of racism in the Labour Party and look forward to the swift implementation of the recommendations listed.

UJS submitted evidence to the inquiry and we welcome the inclusion of recommendations on the use of terms such as “Zio” and antisemitic stereotypes and tropes that have been seen on campus this year.

However, we are disappointed with the absence of any mention of antisemitism on UK campuses. There is no acknowledgement that this began at Oxford University Labour Club, or that campus is a place where antisemitism has manifested itself in recent months. Many Jewish students have now provided evidence to three inquiries and are likely to be frustrated at the lack of transparency once again demonstrated.

Nationally, UJS continues to have a strong relationship with Labour Students, and we will be supporting them in ensuring that Labour Clubs around the country are welcoming spaces for Jewish students.

About UJS

We are the voice of over 8,500 Jewish students, spanning 60 Jewish Societies (J-Socs) on campuses across the UK and Ireland. We are traditional, progressive, cultural and spiritual; we come from the left, centre and right and can be found across religious and political spectrums.

Together we create and deliver powerful campaigns; fighting prejudice, advancing inclusion, and inspiring education and action on the issues that matter to us. 

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