National Union of Students in new anti-Semitism row over offensive online posts

National Union of Students in new anti-Semitism row after executive committee candidates revealed to have made offensive posts online

The Independent is reporting several members of the NUS made anti-Semitic posts online (photo credit: marxiststudent.com)

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The National Union of Students (NUS) is facing fresh criticism over anti-Semitism after reports that candidates both going for and holding executive committee positions made offensive posts online.

The Independent claims to have seen posts by two current members of the National Executive Committee. One allegedly included a video which mocked Jews for being tight with money and having big noses, while the other post allegedly expressed a desire to destroy Israel.

A third person, a candidate standing for election to the NEC, is alleged to have posted an offensive message on Twitter with the message 'Heil Hitler.'

This is not the first time the union has faced controversy of this nature. Its current president, Malia Bouattia, claimed the University of Birmingham was a “Zionist outpost” in a 2011 blog post.

This led MPs on the Parliamentary Home Affairs Select Committee to accuse her of racism, and while she denied her language was anti-Semitic, she apologised for any offence caused.