The European Association for Jewish Studies is shocked and devastated by the events unfolding since last Saturday. This is a moment of great darkness. The EAJS Executive Committee expresses its horror in the face of the unspeakable atrocities committed by Hamas against innocent civilians in Israel and the ongoing suffering of hostages taken into Gaza.
We stand with the numerous members of the Association, as well as with their families and friends, who are affected by the attack, and by the confrontation which now ensues. The Executive Committee expresses its solidarity with them and extends its deepest sympathies to all those grieving in the name of the entire membership.
We are also aware that intensification of the conflict in the region impacts directly on university campuses, and that Jewish Studies scholars and students can be placed in difficult positions at these times. We encourage you to involve your institutions or the authorities in cases you are concerned about your safety