General Assembly – August 26, 2022
Name of Union Submitting Policy:
European Union of Jewish Students (EUJS)
The European Union of Jewish Students (EUJS) notes:
- On February 24th the Russian Federation attacked the sovereign territory of Ukraine, whereby it launched a full-scale invasion of the country.
- The attacks on Ukraine have been continuously condemned by the international community.
- While official numbers vary, over 10.000 Ukrainians are estimated to have lost their lives during the ongoing war.
- That the Russian rhetoric of “denazification”, adopted by the likes of Vladimir Putin and Sergei Lavrov, has been used to delegitimise Ukraine as a state entity and as a nation.
- The Russian narrative of ‘denazification’ poses a danger to Jewish communities by trivialising the Holocaust and dismissing its horrors.
- Since the beginning of the war Russian Jewry has experienced an immense amount of pressure from the Russian government, where Jewish life is becoming increasingly under threat.
- That, as per the statement from the 8th of May, EUJS recognises the atrocities committed in Ukraine as genocide.
The European Union of Jewish Students (EUJS) believes:
- That as Jewish people, it is important to stand with people who are suffering from heinous war crimes, persecution and genocide.
- That, as an organisation founded on the ethos that “Jewish rights are human rights” and vice versa, we must strive to adopt such an attitude when gross human rights violations emerge in Europe and around the world, and so must actively stand in solidarity with the afflicted Ukrainian community;
The European Union of Jewish Students (EUJS) resolves:
- To condemn and reject any attempt to deny, distort or ignore the reality of the hostile Russian invasion.
- To continuously support Union and organisational initiatives that seek to provide assistance to those affected by the war.
- To show solidarity with the Ukrainian people and affirm its support for Ukrainian democratic self-governance and self-determination.
- To use EUJS’ standing at major international organisations to:
- to call on the European Union and its member states to recognise the Russian atrocities committed in Ukraine as genocide, and most importantly advocate for meaningful action to be taken in the interest of human rights.
- To call on the UN Human Rights Council and its member states to recognize the Russian atrocities committed in Ukraine as genocide, and most importantly advocate for meaningful action to be taken in the interest of human rights.