On Wednesday 24th February, UJS and Bristol Jewish Society hosted a virtual rally to come together and show solidarity to Bristol Jewish students. Over 5000 people watched our speakers demand the University of Bristol to take action and get #hateoffcampus:
- James Harris, Union of Jewish Students President
- Thangam Debbonaire, MP for Bristol West
- Lord John Mann, Independent Government advisor on antisemitism
- Leah Martindale, Postgraduate and Education Officer at Bristol University Student's Union
- Marie Van der Zyl, President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews
- Rachel Riley, TV personality and campaigner on antisemitism
- Edward Isaacs, Bristol Jewish Society President
On Tuesday 23rd, Bristol JSoc and UJS met with members of the senior management team at the University of Bristol, see our full statement below:
"Today Bristol JSoc and UJS met with members of the senior management team at the University of Bristol, to relay our concerns over the current situation and to hear their proposed next steps. Yet again, the University has failed to give concrete steps on what they can do to protect their Jewish students from hatred and racism both physically and digitally. We will not let this go and will continue to hold the University to account and get hate off campus."
After continuous inaction from the University of Bristol, we ask you to come together with us to show solidarity with Jewish students. We will not let this go, we will not be silent, we will stand together with one voice to call on the University of Bristol to get HATE OFF CAMPUS. Click here to see his pattern of behaviour
On Saturday 13th of February, Professor David Miller, a lecturer from the University of Bristol, criticised Jewish students and the Jewish society for daring to speak out about antisemitism. For a member of staff to abuse his position and launch a personal attack on the J-Soc President, is unjustifiable. His words, directly, led to the president of the Jewish Society (JSoc) being targeted for abuse online.
This is not the first time issues have arisen over Prof. Miller and his antisemitic comments, two years ago a complaint was made against him, for spreading antisemitic conspiracy theories to students by calling Zionism one of the pillars of Islamophobia. This type of language, hatred and intimidation has no place on our campus and its time to call for HATE OFF CAMPUS.