The National Union of Students has been urged to apologise over the “deliberate omission” of Israel from a list of countries suffering recent terror attacks.
An NUS statement read at its National Executive Committee meeting last night highlighted attacks over the past year by “paramilitary organisations” in Nigeria, Lebanon, Turkey, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Kenya, Palestine, and Mali.
“Those who have perpetrated these attacks, have targeted people of all faiths, of all backgrounds and of all identities. Since the attacks, we have seen an increase in retributions places on Muslim communities here in the UK and around the world. We restate the NUS’ commitment to fighting Islamophobia.
“We mourn the victims of the attacks and stand in solidarity with the families and friends o al those affected…and stand in solidarity with citizens across the world who are suffering at the hands of violence and discrimination.”
The omission was condemned by the Union of Jewish Students, which said it was “incredibly disappointed that representatives of students across the UK have chosen to select which victims of terror are worthy of being commemorated by NUS.
“The inclusion in the list of Palestine and the deliberate omission of Israel is an insult to the victims of terror there in the last few months. The very fact that the civilians who have been stabbed, run over or shot in the streets are not even included in this statement is cause for concern.”
UJS urged NUS to publically apologise “and to make it clear that they stand with all victims of terror. UJS condemns terrorism in all of its forms and are sad to see that others are not able to do this”.
When asked by Jewish News, NUS said: “we don’t have a comment at this time.”