NUS ejects hate group

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY LIFE - BY JODIE MABLIN

THE UNION of Jewish Stu­dents has praised NUS for eject­ing pur­vey­ors of anti-Jewish and anti-Is­rael ma­te­rial from its Black­pool con­fer­ence last week.

Leaflets fea­tur­ing of­fen­sive car­toons and slo­gans were dis­trib­uted by Pales­tinian stu­dent group GUPS. Af­ter a com­plaint by a del­e­gate to the con­fer­ence steer­ing com­mit­tee, the GUPS mem­bers re­spon­si­ble were asked to leave the premises. They ver­bally abused stu­dents on the UJS stall be­fore be­ing es­corted out by po­lice.

UJS cam­paigns or­gan­iser Yair Zi­van wel­comed the NUS’s no-non­sense approach as a ma­jor step for­ward. “There has been a pos­i­tive change with the way things were han­dled. GUPS have been a prob­lem in the past — they are look­ing for a re­ac­tion. As far as we know, they will not be al­lowed back next year.”

In a state­ment, NUS na­tional sec­re­tary Stephen Brown said that fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent, “we will be re­vis­ing our in­for­ma­tion to stall hold­ers and tak­ing mea­sures to en­sure sit­u­a­tions like this do not arise in the fu­ture. NUS takes the is­sue of equal op­por­tu­ni­ties very se­ri­ously.”

Over­all, UJS con­sid­ered the con­fer­ence a great suc­cess. It ac­counted for 80 of the 1,000 del­e­gates and staged the largest fringe event — a meet­ing on “The Chal­lenges of Con­tem­po­rary An­tisemitism”, with speak­ers in­clud­ing MP John Mann, chair­man of the Par­lia­men­tary Com­mit­tee Against An­tisemitism.

Bris­tol stu­dent Joel Braunold was elected to the na­tional ex­ec­u­tive.

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