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Israel and Gaza: supporting staff and students

14 October 2023

Our thoughts are with everyone affected by the horrific loss of life and suffering in Israel and Gaza. The impact of these distressing and terrifying events is being felt across the world, and by our own international community.

We are united in our support for our community. We are in contact with staff and students who we understand may be directly impacted and we continue to encourage all staff and students to reach out for support if they are struggling or have been affected in any way.

Our Multifaith Chaplaincy can be accessed by both staff and students for faith-based or spiritual support during this time – and there are locations for quiet prayer available across campus and the city.

We are providing opportunities for mutual support. The Talk and Support During Troubled Times events in our Global Lounge provide a shared space for staff and students to come together at this time.

Every member of our community should feel safe and included on our campuses and we ask everyone to respect and support each other at this time. There is no place for any form of racism, antisemitism, islamophobia, discrimination, incitement, bullying or harassment at the University of Bristol.

There is more information on the website for students and staff to support members of our community should they need to report such behaviour.

Hamas is categorised in UK law as a proscribed terrorist organisation, meaning it is illegal to express support, including moral support, for Hamas. Like all universities, we support the recent statement from Universities UK.

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