Birmingham Theology Major Hailed by International Jewish Peers as ‘Political Activist of 2016’ Running for Senior Role in UK’s Largest Student Union
A University of Birmingham theology major recently hailed by international Jewish peers as 2016’s “Political Activist of the Year” has announced her campaign for a senior role in the Britain’s’s largest student union, the UK’s The Jewish News reported.
Izzy Lenga is running for National Union of Students (NUS) vice president of welfare in the upcoming April elections, after being recognized in January by the World Union of Jewish Students as a key player in “calling out and challenging antisemitism in [the NUS].
Lenga has served on the NUS national executive council for two years and has been a vociferous internal critic of the student movement, saying it has become “toxic” for Jews and holds anti-Israel “double standards,” according to the UK-based Jewish Chronicle.
The Jewish News reported that Lenga’s campaign promises include easing students’ financial burdens and doing away with the British government’s “racist, hostile and failing” Prevent program, which requires public figures to report those harboring extremist views.
Lenga first garnered attention in 2015, when she was “bombarded” by Holocaust-glorifying posts on social media when she tweeted that a poster announcing “Hitler was right” had been found on the Birmingham campus, The Mirror reported.
Pro-Israel students were in an uproar last year when the NUS elected as president Malia Bouattia, a woman who recently participated in a “Palestine Conference” backed by Hamas apologists and who was slammed by the British government for failing to take antisemitism on campus seriously. Some student groups took steps to officially break ties with the NUS over Bouattia’s election.
One current candidate for the NUS presidency criticized the movement for passing a motion in favor of BDS and “relentlessly bang[ing] on about…Israel,” while ignoring conflicts in other parts of the world, as The Algemeiner reported.