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UK Emerson Fellow, Annie, in an interview with Channel 5: “I felt unsafe in my own home”

Updated: Feb 22

This interview was aired on Channel 5.

15 February 2024

StandWithUs UK's Emerson Fellow, Annie, was interviewed on channel 5 in a segment about the rise of antisemitism in the UK:

"I felt really unsafe, I felt unsafe in my own home, which is something that no one should ever experience..

My flatmate tore down my Israeli flag and has thrown it back in my room and when we had a confrontation about this, she made it very clear that she was not apologetic, that she was uncomfortable with my political statement, even though that's where my family is from, and we had never discussed politics. And she made it very clear that she no longer wants to have a relationship with me because of how I identify."

Watch the full segment:

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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