Protect the Right to Dissent
We, the undersigned, would like to distance ourselves from some of the events that took place on the 20th of February. Firstly, we believe that the right to protest is fundamental. This right is grounded in the recognition of dissent and of belief in tolerance. We believe that by denying us the opportunity to engage with and challenge the Deputy Israeli Ambassador, a minority of students have disregarded our right of dissent, and ignored the values of tolerance that this union and university holds dear. Secondly, we believe that the event that was to take place was not a propaganda exercise. The inclusion of a member of the Human Rights Centre set the foundations for a fascinating critical discussion, and we applaud the efforts of the government department in organising this. Thirdly, we believe that in deleting comments on the campaign page set up by the union, the union has acted in a way that fundamentally contradicts its values. The individuals who made this decision should be held to account. Finally, we support the university's freedom of speech policy, as it is essential to safeguarding the values that this university was founded upon.