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Jonathan Bullock MEP - I have written to universities amid worries campuses are becoming intimidating for Jewish students

Delivered by Jonathan Bullock on 7 March 2019

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JONATHAN Bullock MEP has written to East Midlands universities following the news more than 200 hundred students at the University of Essex recently voted to oppose the creation of a Jewish Society at that institution.

Mr Bullock said: "I have written to the universities in my constituency to seek assurances Jewish students are able to organise on campus as they see fit, and a summary of how the type of problems which occurred at the University of Essex are avoided.

"I am most concerned the atmosphere on university campuses is becoming intimidating for Jewish students and particularly those who wish to organise a Jewish society.

"In recent years we have seen allegations of anti-Semitism concerning the far-left and within The Labour Party, strident campaigning around the Palestinian issue, and, on occasion, accusations of extremism concerning University Islamic Societies.

"Worryingly, prominent academics have openly dismissed concerns raised by Jewish students.

"The incidents did not occur in the East Midlands. However, I see little reason to believe this region is an oasis of calm where such problems can never occur.

"I would like universities to be transparent about the steps they have taken to ensure Jewish students are able to organise on campus as they see fit, and a summary of how the type of problems I have mentioned, are avoided."

 

 

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