NUS anti-semitism row: Malia Bouattia 'would face greater criticism if she attacked other ethnic groups'

NUS Anti-Semitism: 'If it was with another group in the student union I reckon it would be quite different', says Union of Jewish Students

Malia Bouattia wrote that Birmingham University was "something of a Zionist outpost" (Wikipedia)

Thursday, September 29, 2016

National Union of Students president Malia Bouattia would have faced sterner criticism for her remarks about Zionists had they targeted another group of people.

That's according to Joshua Nagli, of the Union of Jewish Students, who criticised Bouattia for suggesting Birmingham University was "something of a Zionist outpost"

Nagli told Julia Hartley-Brewer that Jewish concerns have been ignored for too long.

"Prior to [Bouattia's] election, 57 Jewish society presidents wrote to her outlining their concerns," he explained."The concerns have really fallen on deaf ears, they haven't been appropriately responded to, acknowledged and appropriately addressed.

"Jewish students are kind of being pushed out of the movement... every time they've raised concerns they've either been ignored or dismissed. 

"She continues to stand by her past comment, whereas if the shoe was on the other foot and it was with another group in the student union I reckon it would be quite different."

Listen to the full interview to find out more