Commenting on reports today of NUS delegates applauding speeches opposing the commemoration of the Holocaust, John Mann MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism, said:
“Today’s comments and their reception were inappropriate, offensive and point to a disturbing wider ignorance about antisemitism in NUS.”
“The Union is not doing enough to combat anti-Jewish hatred, and as such is failing in its responsibilities to its members.”
“The fact that delegates applauded these comments, and failed to recognise the attacks on Holocaust Memorial Day for what they were, underlines just how important an improved and far-reaching Holocaust educational effort in the NUS is.”
“I am aghast at the new President’s previous response to the concerns raised by Jewish students and expect her to meet their representatives and to build confidence that tackling antisemitism in NUS will be a priority.”
John Mann MP commented as he announced plans to convene a rally in Parliament against racism in NUS with former Presidents of the Union.