University of Sydney supporting Jewish students

May 28, 2019 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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Rabbi Eli Feldman

Vice-Chancellor and Principal Dr Michael Spence said reports about the conviction of a former student who admitted to making plans against Jewish students were deeply disturbing.

“Harassment or discrimination of any kind has no place in our community,” Dr Spence said.

“We as a community reject religious hatred in all of its forms and stand behind the Jewish community, with which we share close ties.”

A more diverse university is a stronger university, and I continue to encourage everyone to consider what role they can play in creating a campus environment that is as safe and welcoming as possible.

The University has confirmed the person convicted is no longer a student at the University of Sydney. We are not aware of any current threats to students or staff.

Ihsas Khan Screenshot

The former student had been guilty of using a knife to stab his neighbour. Ihsas Kahn told a court “I was planning on using it on Jewish students in the university to kill them. Just people wearing the Jewish headgear, the kippah.”

Rabbi Eli Feldman, the Jewish Chaplain at Sydney University, said: “I am heartened by the supportive statement issued by the University and its swift attention to this matter.
Whilst the University has little control over a former student, it can foster a spirit of harmony among current staff and students that inevitably leads to the University being a more welcoming place for people of all faiths and cultures.
I would like to pay tribute to Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence who has made this a priority of his leadership and has extended a hand of friendship and support to Jewish staff and students throughout his tenure, most recently by attending Shabbat Dinner at Newtown Synagogue last Friday night. We are grateful for this support and are confident that Sydney University will continue to be a place where Jewish students and staff feel welcome and safe.”



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