Following the meeting, the First Minister said:
“It was a pleasure to meet with Jewish and Israeli students and hear about their experiences of studying in Scotland. We believe that everyone has the right to be safe and to feel safe in their communities, and we are committed to creating and supporting safer and stronger communities in which we all take responsibility for our actions and how they affect others.
“In the 21st century there is no place for antisemitism or racism. This Government respects the principle of academic freedom and the right of institutions to make their own decisions. We are clear, however, that citing academic freedom does not provide a free pass to act without regards to the law and we condemn any discrimination or intolerance based on religious or cultural affiliation.
“We are committed to working with Scottish universities to ensure that every student has a positive experience while studying in Scotland and enjoys every opportunity to fulfil their potential.”