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Written by Student Rights on 25 October 2016 at 4am

The Huffington Post: When It Comes To Antisemitism, The NUS Just Doesn’t Get It

By Elliot Miller

20th October 2016

With the release of the Home Affairs Select Committee’s (HASC) much publicised report concerning antisemitism in the UK, campus tensions facing Jewish students have once more become a pressing issue of public discourse.

Amid the general rise of antisemitic incidents in the UK, the British press has notably covered alleged antisemitic behaviour within the National Union of Students (NUS) and Oxford University’s Labour Club.

These problems have only been exacerbated in the months since February and March - and the HASC report is a welcome step towards combatting antisemitism within the student movement.

Unsurprisingly, the HASC report’s section on campus antisemitism refers to the well-known comments of NUS President Malia Bouattia, in which she described the University of Birmingham as a “Zionist Outpost.”

The committee’s MPs have concluded that such behaviour - among many other incidents - smacks of outright racism. This is not to mention the scathing conclusion that Bouatia appeared not to have taken campus antisemitism “sufficiently seriously.”

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