The National Union of Students (NUS) in Australia adopted a resolution on Thursday condemning antisemitism and pledging to counter its rise on university campuses.
The motion — brought forth by the Australasian Union of Jewish Students (AUJS) during the NUS National Conference — recognized the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of antisemitism, which includes “denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination”.
It also committed the NUS to working with the AUJS — which represents some 9,000 Jewish students in Australia and New Zealand — to ensure that its programs and spaces “are inclusive and welcoming of Jewish voices and perspectives”.
To this end, the NUS agreed to endeavor to provide kosher food options at its events; to help AUJS ask universities for special consideration for Jewish students who would otherwise be required to take exams on Jewish holidays and the Sabbath, and to ensure that observant students have access to appropriate religious facilities; and to work with AUJS to survey the effects of antisemitism on Australian campuses.
Moreover, the NUS will formally recognize January 27th as International Holocaust Remembrance Day, and work with AUJS to educate students on the genocide.
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