No place for anti-Semitism

An updated version of a statement by the Presidential Board of the University of Oldenburg.

Solidarity with our Israeli partners

The University of Oldenburg is appalled by the terrorist attacks against Israel. We are deeply shocked and fully endorse the statement made by the German Rectors' Conference (HRK) and extend our deepest sympathies to the numerous victims and their families.

We have strong ties with Israel in research and education. Our thoughts are with our partner universities, their students and staff during this difficult time. On December 6, 2023, the Senate of the University of Oldenburg unanimously decided to endorse the statement of the "Association of University Heads, Israel"; University President Prof. Dr. Ralph Bruder declared this support in a letter to the Association.

In the spirit of our namesake, the committed democrat, pacifist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Carl von Ossietzky, peace and democracy form the basis of our actions. The University of Oldenburg is an institution open to the world and dedicated to the peaceful and sustainable coexistence of individuals and nations. International law is a critical component of both our research and teaching and is an integral part of the university's identity.

No place for anti-Semitism

There is no place for any form of anti-Semitism, racism, hatred, violence, exclusion and discrimination at the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg. Our campus is and will remain a place of tolerance and diversity. We strongly condemn the anti-Semitic riots, statements and attacks on Jewish institutions and individuals currently taking place in Germany.

We unreservedly endorse the recent statement of the German Rectors' Conference (HRK) of 15 November. We are all now called upon to take a stand.

The current situation affects many students and staff at our university. The Psychological Counselling Service (PBS) of the University and Student Services Oldenburg offers confidential, independent and impartial counselling and professional support. The University Staff Council also offers support to those who have experienced or are threatened with verbal or physical violence.

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