Ex-Jewish students urged to join call for evidence in NUS antisemitism probe

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Ex-Jewish students urged to join call for evidence in NUS antisemitism probe

Many current and recent students have already given accounts of antisemitism on campus, but deadline for submissions to QC led probe into the NUS is July 7th.

Lee Harpin is the Jewish News's political editor

Jewish students protesting against Corbyn at Bristol University
Jewish students protesting against Corbyn at Bristol University

Jewish students past and present are being urged to submit their reflections of campus life as part of the independent QC led investigation into the way the National Union of Students (NUS) handled antisemitism claims.

The NUS opened a call for evidence on the issue on June 7th, but the final date for submissions is July 7th.

Jewish News understands there has been an impressive response from current students from the community.

But to ensure that the probe, led by QC Rebecca Tuck, is as wide-reaching as possible there is a hope the more submissions from former students may also arrive in time for the deadline.

UJS has also issued a further reassurance to students who want to make submissions, but who do not want to be identified, that testimonies can be anonymised if requested.

The investigation follows accusations earlier this year against a newly elected NUS Officer and concerns about the wider organisation. The NUS Board announced the investigation to look into concerns raised.

The probe will consider “whether NUS has done enough to make Jewish students feel welcome, included and safe in NUS spaces, activities, and in elected roles”.

UJS said they had “engaged in good faith with the NUS for many years.

But they added: “Over those years, many Jewish students who care deeply about the National Union and their Jewish identity have experienced unprecedented levels of abuse and antisemitic attacks online and in person.

“Some have even been driven to resign from elected positions.

“We acknowledge that NUS has opened a direct call for evidence but are conscious that many Jewish students may feel more comfortable submitting their evidence via UJS. Jewish students’ testimony can be anonymised if requested.

“Alternatively, we can share contact details directly with Rebecca Tuck QC, who leads the investigation.


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