Union of Jewish Students set to vote on ending relationship with NUS

The Union of Jewish Students (UJS) holds its conference tomorrow and is set to vote on a number of motions including one which, if passed, will see an end to the UJS' working relationship with the NUS.

The motion 'UJS should not work with NUS' was proposed by Binyomin Gilbert and seconded by Avrahum Sanger.  It cites claims of antisemitism against incumbent NUS president Malia Bouattia.

The motion says: "In her response to the 57 Jewish society presidents’ letter of concern, Malia refused Jews the right to identify antisemitism, instead patronisingly explaining that Jewish society presidents had failed to understand what constitutes antisemitism. “I am deeply concerned that my faith and political views are being misconstrued and used as an opportunity to falsely accuse me of antisemitism, despite my work and dedication to liberation, equality and inclusion saying otherwise.”"

This comes after repeated accusations against Bouattia of antisemitism, including by MPs who described some of the things she's said as 'outright racist' in a damning report for the NUS.

If it passes, the UJS will "suspend its working relationship with the NUS", until Bouattia apologises to Jewish students and acknowledges that some of the things she has said in the past are antisemitic. The motion also asks her to commit to tackling antisemitism and engage with Jewish student leaders.

If it passes, the UJS will release a public statement which expresses their concern. The conference takes place on Sunday 11 December.

You can read the full list of proposed motions here.


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