Statement on the escalating Israel-Palestine conflict

Monash University is monitoring the Israel-Palestine conflict. Our thoughts are with the victims of the worsening violence, and those in our global community who are affected by the situation.

The conflict has seen increased media coverage and social media commentary in Australia and around the world, and sparked public debate in our communities. Freedom of speech is valued and protected at Monash – we hold it as fundamental to the nature of a university and it is enshrined in our founding legislation. However, the University does not tolerate racial discrimination or vilification, racist behaviour or actions of any kind. Racial discrimination or vilification is unlawful.

We take seriously our obligation to provide an environment that enables our community to engage in critical and free enquiry by asking important questions – even if these questions are controversial – to share their findings, and to engage in informed, intellectual and respectful discourse and public debate.

We are committed to fostering a safe, inclusive and respectful environment for everyone – on campus and online – and are proud of our richly diverse and culturally inclusive community, supported by our Respectful Communities unit.

The health, safety and wellbeing of the entire Monash community is our priority, and we will continue to do everything we can to assist those who are affected by this situation.

This includes 24/7 counselling support for students and a mental health emergency phone line. Counselling support is available for staff through Monash’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP), and University Health Services also offer telehealth (video or phone) counselling sessions.