The Sussex Weidenfeld Institute of Jewish Studies

Tackling contemporary issues through the lens of Jewish experience

Statement on Israel

The Sussex Weidenfeld Institute of Jewish Studies views with grave concern the recent developments in Israel. As a University research centre with a focus on all aspects of Jewish Studies, we are committed to intellectual integrity and academic freedom—necessary foundations for any healthy and free society, and to the values of freedom, equality and pluralism, which must exclude any discrimination on the basis of religion, ethnicity, gender, or political views. We believe that the current moves by the Israeli Government undermine the democratic culture of Israel and potentially threaten the pursuit of independent academic inquiry within that country – a pursuit that is central to the mission of universities in the UK, in Israel and in all countries that aspire to be recognised as democratic. 

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Prof. Gideon Reuveni - Director
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