WORK­ING TO­GETHER TO RE­PAIR THE DAM­AGE DONE ON CAM­PUS

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS -

OX­FORD Univer­sity Jewish So­ci­ety and Ox­ford Univer­sity Labour Club (OULC) held a joint event on Sunday.

The meet­ing, at Mans­field Col­lege, on ‘Labour, An­ti­semitism and the Jewish Com­mu­nity: Mov­ing For­ward’ was de­scribed by par­tic­i­pants as a “great suc­cess”.

It was ad­dressed by Ella Rose, for­mer pres­i­dent of the Union of Jewish Stu­dents and cur­rent di­rec­tor of the Jewish Labour Move­ment.

She dis­cussed the work JLM has been do­ing around the country, work­ing with con­stituency Labour par­ties (CLPs) and other univer­sity Labour clubs.

Baroness Royall, who con­ducted the Labour Party in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the ac­tiv­i­ties of OULC, also spoke.

She said the event was an out­come of dia­logue between mem­bers of the univer­sity’s JSoc and OULC.

In Fe­bru­ary last year, al­le­ga­tions of an­ti­semitism made na­tional head­lines af­ter the non-Jewish co-chair of OULC re­signed, cit­ing an­ti­semitism from mem­bers.

Baroness Royall’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion found there had been “in­ci­dents of an­ti­semitic be­hav­iour” and that “some Jewish mem­bers do not feel com­fort­able at­tend­ing the OULC meet­ings, let alone par­tic­i­pat­ing”.

Fol­low­ing Sunday’s event, a joint state­ment from the JSoc and OULC said: “We jointly agree that there is more that needs to be done to en­sure that Jewish stu­dents can, and know they can, feel com­fort­able within OULC,” the state­ment con­tin­ued.

DANIEL SUGARMAN

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