The MU's Executive Committee met today and agreed to make a donation to the Red Cross to support humanitarian efforts on the ground in Israel and Palestine. We call for an end to war and violence.
We will also be making a donation to the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra which educates and develops young Israeli and Palestinian musicians. Its members are all directly affected by recent events and the orchestra's purpose has always been to bring individuals impacted by war together through music. In an increasingly polarised world, the ability to listen to and understand the pain of others is ever more important.
At the MU, we are aware of members being directly and indirectly impacted by events in the Middle East. We condemn the rise in hate that we know is happening in this country and the discrimination, harassment and cancelled work that members are facing as a result.
Antisemitic and Islamophobic behaviour is never acceptable. The abuse that has been directed at Jewish and Islamic communities in the UK, in some cases masquerading as solidarity, is abhorrent.
The MU stands against racism and discrimination of any kind and any members who have suffered harassment or discrimination or lost work should contact their regional office for advice and support.