York University pays student £1,000 over antisemitic abuse

Jun 27, 2016 by

Zachary Confino will also receive a public apology after two years of abuse that he says ruined his university experience

A student at York University is to receive a public apology and £1,000 from the student union for antisemitic abuse he was subjected to during his studies.

Zachary Confino, a law student and former treasurer of the student union, said the university had done very little over two years when he was called a “Jewish prick”, an “Israeli twat” and subjected to an anonymous social media comment that Hitler was “on to something”. The payment is believed to be the first of its kind by a UK university.

Confino blames the stress of the abuse for his narrowly missing out on a first-class degree. “The experience has been so depressing,” he told the Sunday Times. “It ruined my experience at university. I can never get that time back.”

A spokesman for the university confirmed that it had given Confino £1,000, describing it as “a token payment”. He said the wording of the apology agreed between Confino and the student union came after university authorities acted as mediator.

“The university is committed to preserving the right to freedom of expression while also combating antisemitism, Islamophobia and any other form of race hate. To this end, we have signed joint statements with both the Jewish Society and the Islamic Society on campus. We welcome students from all backgrounds, faiths and nationalities in our diverse community,” the spokesman said.

Source: York University pays student £1,000 over antisemitic abuse | Education | The Guardian

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