UJS comment following yesterday's NUS NEC

It is clear that there are significant issues when it comes to accountability within NUS. For the second meeting running, a question to the National President regarding Jewish students and UJS has failed to be asked.

Malia has stated time and time again that she is planning on working with UJS, but we have still not heard from her. With many Jewish students heading back to campus in the next few weeks, Malia is yet to provide adequate proof that she’s willing to stand up for them and their best interests. We therefore hope to see her response in the coming days.

However, we continue to work closely with Rob Young, Vice President Society & Citizenship, particularly on his research into Jewish student experiences. We also look forward to working with him, the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT), and the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET) on ensuring that the NUS and students’ unions appropriately mark Holocaust Memorial Day this January.

We welcome the decision taken by NUS NEC to pass a motion that recognises the need to improve guidance on NUS’ no platform policy in order to include sharing an online platform. In recent months we have seen Jewish students targeted on social media by far-right groups, so it is important that the student movement adapts to combat the threat of online abuse.

About UJS

We are the voice of over 8,500 Jewish students, spanning 60 Jewish Societies (J-Socs) on campuses across the UK and Ireland. We are traditional, progressive, cultural and spiritual; we come from the left, centre and right and can be found across religious and political spectrums.

Together we create and deliver powerful campaigns; fighting prejudice, advancing inclusion, and inspiring education and action on the issues that matter to us. 

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