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StandWithUs UK stands with the Jewish students at Glasgow University

28 March 2024

We stand with Jewish students at Glasgow in expressing our dismay at the election of Dr Ghassan Abu-Sittah. It is regrettable that positions of power at Glasgow University have become unnecessarily politicised. We are alarmed to read reports published of Dr Ghassan and his problematic history, including praising the terrorist leader Maher Al-Yamani and the terrorist Ahmed Nasr Jarrar. The elevation of this man to such a high position at Glasgow University sets a chilling precedent for Jewish students and is a sad reflection of the status quo on campus.

About StandWithUs UK:

StandWithUs is an international, non-profit and non-partisan Israel education organisation that works to inspire and educate people of all ages about Israel, as well as challenge misinformation and fight against antisemitism. Founded in 2010, StandWithUs UK has become a recognised support system and leading resource for students on UK campuses. We empower and energise students and communities with leadership training and educational programmes on both school and university campuses. StandWithUs informs through social media, printed materials, digital platforms, film and newsletters. The StandWithUs flagship Emerson Fellowship programme seeks to raise students into future leaders, equipped to stand strong in the face of antisemitism and anti-Zionism. We believe in the right of the Jewish People to self-determination in their historic homeland of Israel. We educate the facts in an unbiased and holistic manner, with an open mind, reflecting on views from all sides of the political, social and humanitarian spectrum whilst promoting peace. StandWithUs UK believe the current discourse surrounding Israel on campus all too often crosses the line between legitimate criticism of Israel’s policies and the dangerous, mainstream, antisemitic rhetoric which stands contrary to the IHRA definition of antisemitism. We work to educate on that distinction, encourage civil discourse on legitimate criticism of Israel, and to fight antisemitism wherever it emerges.


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