The British government is severing all ties and funding with the National Union of Students due to a reported systemic antisemitism.
According Times of London ‘s Saturday report, the The British government has decided to severe all ties and funding with the National Union of Students (NUS), after receiving numerous complaints over the Union’s systemic antisemitism.
According to the Times, Minister of State for Universities Michelle Donelan has reported the National Union of Student to the UK Charity Commission, claiming that the union has “antisemitic rot at its heart” and that she was “deeply disappointed this had to be taken as a necessary step.”
The National Union of Students represents Britain’s seven million university students and is affiliated with 600 student unions.
From now on, the union members will not be allowed to participate in government panels within the Department for Education, Office for Students or the Student Loans Company. Donelan has also requested the UK Equality and Human Rights Commission to address its antisemitism and restore Jewish trust.
The Community Security Trust, Britain’s antisemitism watchdog, reported that there have been 45 antisemitic incidents on UK campuses in the current academic year, stressing a return to the pre-pandemic levels.
For years, Jewish students have sharply criticized the NUS for being antisemitic, not responding to their needs, and showing hostility towards Israel. There are accusations against Shaima Dallali, the union’s incoming president, for publishing posts on her social media that incite violence against Jews. Moreover, when the NUS celebrated its 100th anniversary by inviting Lowkey to their event, and Jewish students voiced there concern over the rapper’s history of antisemitic statements, the union’s current president Larissa Kennedy reportedly responded that Jews could segregate themselves in a separate area.
Source: United with Israel