Jewish students ‘disgusted’ by NUS figure’s Rothschild and Nazi-Israel tweets

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Jewish students ‘disgusted’ by NUS figure’s Rothschild and Nazi-Israel tweets

Medical student Ayo Olatunji criticised for comments on Twitter after “continuing to indulge in a racist trope” about the Rothschilds

Two of Ayo Olatunji's controversial tweets
Two of Ayo Olatunji's controversial tweets

The Union of Jewish Students has said it is “disgusted” by comments described as “blatantly anti-Semitic” by a senior member of the National Union of Students’ ruling body.

Ayo Olatunji, a medical student and member of the NUS National Executive Council, was criticised for “continuing to indulge in a racist trope” after suggesting that a conspiracy surrounding the Rothschild Jewish banking family.

Olatunji has previously apologised for endorsing the Rothschild conspiracy, recognising it as anti-Semitic, but this week said it could be “the only viable explanation” in reference to concerns about the “1 percent controlling the power and the rich controlling the power and money”.

Another of Ayo Olatunji’s controversial tweet

A statement from the Union of Jewish Students said Olatunji had made “outrageous claims that Israeli policy has a lot of similarities with Nazi policies,” adding that this “is anti-Semitic under NUS policy which adopts the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism”.

The union added: “NUS must now swiftly and publicly take the appropriate measures to ensure that they enforce their own policy. Those who continue to endorse or express anti-Semitic sentiments should not be allowed to hold official and representative roles within NUS.”

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