NEVER AGAIN - A Global Voice for Humanity -
Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world;
Whereas Everyone has the right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness;
Whereas global human rights conventions dictate that everyone has an inherent dignity as part of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family to live free of indignation;
Whereas Jewish students on university campuses and colleges have been victimized by antisemitism, racism and discrimination by virtue of either their religious, ideological and political affiliations or by their self-identity as being Jewish;
Whereas recent studies and surveys have revealed that the majority of Jewish students on university and college campuses have experienced antisemitism;
Whereas historically, antisemitism has resulted in extreme violence and genocide. Disregard and contempt for historical degradation and violence against the Jewish people, such as antisemitism, boycotts and genocide is harmful to the well-being of humanity;
Whereas all human beings have a right under international convention to enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want and this has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of humanity, as dictated by the international community;
Whereas the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) has created a working definition of antisemitism and proclaimed that “Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities”;
Whereas IHRA provides examples of manifestations of antisemitism which “might include the targeting of the State of Israel, conceived as a Jewish collectivity. However, criticism of Israel similar to that leveled against any other country cannot be regarded as antisemitic. Antisemitism frequently charges Jews with conspiring to harm humanity, and it is often used to blame Jews for “why things go wrong.” It is expressed in speech, writing, visual forms and action, and employs sinister stereotypes and negative character traits”;
Whereas Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty;
Whereas universities, colleges and public institutions have an obligation under their own mandate to preserve, protect and defend the rights of students and faculty to function freely and without intimidation or feeling of victimization. The onus is on these institutions to prove that they are acting according to international and national human rights conventions;
Whereas as stated in universal convention, education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups;
Whereas Antisemitism and hatred of the Jewish people is manifesting on campuses universally and is a detriment to the welfare of and wellbeing of Jewish and non-Jewish students who believe in the existence of the State of Israel and advocate for such;
Be it resolved that universities, colleges and public institutions must act accordingly and with haste to defend and protect students against antisemitism, hate and discrimination. That the onus and responsibility is on these institutions to act accordingly to stop events and functions that promote discrimination against the Jewish people and their friends and advocates. We hereby hold these institutions accountable for any and all acts that go against national and international conventions that are set forth to protect and defend students.
By signing this declaration, I hereby stand with Jewish and pro-Israel students on university and college campuses. I declare that they are not alone and that they have every right to self-expression under the protection of universal and national legal conventions. I will neither tolerate nor will I accept the rising tide of antisemitism nor will I stay silent in this regard.