After the revelations published today by the The Tab, UJS Campaigns Director Russell Langer says:
"The content of this letter confirms that NUS have previously found Malia Bouattia’s rhetoric regarding Zionism has been antisemitic under its official definition. It is also clear that despite having previously been warned over such rhetoric, the NUS President-elect has continued to use similar language, including comments on ‘Zionists lobbies’ being responsible for Prevent. Regardless of NUS’ investigation, it is most worrying that although these incidents were well known in the lead up to NUS Conference, delegates still decided to elect her.
UJS has made it clear that unless Bouattia adequately addresses the concerns Jewish students have towards her previous rhetoric then we will be unable to work with her. This must include recognising the EUMC definition of antisemitism which is regarded by many Jewish people as a comprehensive definition and was reaffirmed by NUS Conference this year but has previously been described by the now NUS President-elect as “ominous”."