Written by Student Rights on 12 April 2016 at 12pm

'Oxford University White Student’s Union' spreads neo-Nazi material

Last month, Student Rights released a new briefing highlighting evidence of antisemitism on-campus in the wake of allegations made against members of the Oxford University Labour Club (OULC).

Among this evidence was information on how the neo-Nazi group National Action, which promotes antisemitic conspiracy theories, Nazi imagery and violent antisemitic rhetoric, had sought to target campuses since 2012.

Since then, it appears that another far-right group supportive of National Action has sought to approach students.

Calling itself ‘Oxford University White Student’s Union’, the group says it aims to “work towards the liberation of Britain and Europe from Zionist Occupation”.

It also aims to “secure the existence of our people and a future for white children”, quoting twelve of the so-called ‘fourteen words’, described as the “most popular white supremacist slogan in the world”.

The group’s Facebook page was founded in February, and it has been regularly tweeting virulently racist material since 18 March.

Last week, it encouraged supporters to “join the real British Army. Join National Action” on two occasions and was retweeted by the group, coming on to Student Rights’ radar as a result.

Since then, it has linked to horrifying Holocaust-denying websites which refer to a “corrupt Jewdiciary”, claim “international Jewish Finance” has taken over the governments of the US and UK to drive “white genocide”, and defend Nazi death camps.

The group has shared antisemitic cartoons saying “Make aliya Jew. Sick of your predatory Tribe” and pictures of South African white supremacist Eugene Terreblanche saying “White man! It’s you or the Jew!

It has also used its Twitter profile to promote convicted racist Simon Sheppard, as well as the neo-Nazi ‘Daily Stormer’ website.

The poster promoting the ‘Daily Stormer’ shared by the group asks readers:

White Man, are you sick and tired of the Jews destroying your country through mass immigration and degeneracy? Join us in the struggle for global white supremacy.

Facebook posts have included cartoons joking about gassing members of Oxford University Jewish Society, attacked lectures given by a “gibberish spouting Negro rapier [sic]” and regular references to ZOG – or Zionist Occupied Government.

While this Facebook page and Twitter profile is not linked to an affiliated student society, it still highlights how vigilant universities have to be for evidence of antisemitism on-campus.

Past evidence of neo-Nazi activity on UK campuses detailed by Student Rights demonstrates that the far-right still has access to students, and these social media pages are more evidence that institutions simply cannot be complacent.

The conviction of National Action member Zack Davies for attempted murder, meanwhile, shows how individuals radicalised by far-right groups can develop the intent to commit hate crimes or terrorist offences, and any students found sharing such material should be referred to relevant local Prevent processes.

Here at Student Rights, we hope that students will report any evidence of National Action or similar groups on their campus to their university immediately – and get in touch if they have any concerns.