VU UPDATE: Situation in Israel and the Palestinian regions

Recently, various protests have taken place at our university and other universities. We understand and share the concerns and emotions that the situation in Israel and Gaza brings. On this page, you will find the latest news and information on how we as a university are addressing this situation.


The Board of Executives of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam has appointed a committee to develop a framework for international collaborations. The framework will apply to existing collaborations, anywhere in the world. It will be based on our own values and international standards, including human rights. The framework will be completed by July 2024.

Read the open letter from the board here.


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam makes educational spaces available for students and staff to engage in academic knowledge exchange and discussions about the situation in Israel and the Palestinian regions.

On this page, you will find all’information about meetings and activities for the VU community.

To organize activities on campus, permission is required, and the existing house rules and the VU’s code of conduct apply. To ensure activities run orderly and safely, it is required to obtain permission.

15/5 Dialogue

The Board of Executives attaches great importance to dialogue with various parties directly affected by the situation. Over the past few weeks, there have been various discussions with students and staff. By coming together and listening to each other, the board hopes to gain a better understanding of the diverse viewpoints and concerns within the VU community, and to create an environment where everyone feels free to express their opinions.

15/5 - 17/5 Drop-in Session Spiritual Care

For staff and students seeking help and support following the protests, the Diversity Office, together with spiritual caregivers from VU Amsterdam, offers drop-in sessions for Spiritual Care. During these sessions, students and staff can seek a listening ear, comfort, or guidance for their fears, anger, or concerns.

Upcoming drop-in sessions:
o Wednesday, 15 May, between 11:00 and 14:00 on the VU campus
o Thursday, 16 May, between 18:00 and 21:00 (online)
o Friday, 17 May, between 14:00 and 18:00

For more information or to schedule an appointment, students and staff can.

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