Supporting refugees – Aleppo Rally, Flickers of Hope
In December 2016, over 100 students gathered in Parliament Square, London, within 24 hours of UJS organising a rally for Aleppo, driven by the Jewish concept of pursuing social justice: 'Lo tuchal lehitalem', 'you shall not stand by' (Deut. 23:2.)
The rally was addressed by Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner; Vice President of the Federation of Student Islamic Societies (FOSIS) and organiser of Youth for Aleppo, Yusuf Hassan; Edie Freedman, founder and director of the Jewish Council for Racial Equality (JCORE); Rob Young, Vice-President Society and Citizenship at the National Union of Students (NUS); UJS President Josh Seitler; Wes Streeting MP and Mary Creagh MP.
Thus began a wider social action programme in which UJS has committed to expanding its work in this area, supporting students to raise awareness and co-ordinate donation drives for Syrian refugees. Students are also being encouraged to join the Let the Children In campaign run by JCORE and join their local campus STAR societies (Student Action for Refugees).