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Jewish Student Leader in UK: Findings of Campus Racism Report Downplaying Antisemitism ‘Especially Disappointing’

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NUS President Malia Bouattia. Photo: Facebook.

NUS President Malia Bouattia. Photo: Facebook.

A Jewish student leader in Britain expressed dismay over the findings of a racism inquiry that “trivializes antisemitism.”

Referring to the “Institutional Racism Review” (IRR) — commissioned by the umbrella group of  students countrywide — Union of Jewish Students (UJS) Campaigns Director Josh Nagli called the near-total exclusion of Jew-hatred in the study “especially disappointing,” in light of assurances received that antisemitism would be one of the forms of campus racism surveyed.

Nagli said that despite National Union of Students (NUS) President Malia Bouattia’s claim, “[T]here seems to be a lack of any in-depth examination of the challenges facing Jewish students” — including when dealing with the NUS on this very issue.

The authors of the IRR, Nagli said, downplay antisemitism by using words like “controversy” to describe media coverage of the phenomenon — something that “only goes further to delegitimize the real experiences of Jewish students.” 

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Nagli’s comments come amid a worsening climate for Jewish students in Britain and souring of relations with the NUS, a deteriorating situation attributed largely to Bouattia.

The NUS president has come under repeated fire for failing to retract or express remorse for her antisemitic and anti-Zionist rhetoric, and for continually dismissing concerns regarding systemic Jew-hatred on UK campuses.

Earlier in December, as The Algemeiner reported, the British government officially endorsed a parliamentary report on antisemitism, which slammed Bouattia for “failing to take [the phenomenon across university campuses] sufficiently seriously.”

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