Students For Palestine — Signed by: Dear NUS executive members,
Huge numbers of students in colleges and universities across the UK support the Palestinian struggle for freedom, justice and equality and stand in solidarity with Palestinian students against Israel’s racist system of apartheid and settler colonialism.
More than 30 university student unions and the National Union of Students (NUS) have voted to support Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) as a means to pressure Israel to end its oppression of Palestinian people.
A number of NUS officers are acting in contravention of their democratic mandate by organising against solidarity with Palestinians. Instead, they are working towards the dehumanising of Palestinians and the silencing of Palestinian narratives on UK campuses. Much of this appears to be taking place in collaboration with the Israeli state, its institutions and its supporters.
It recently emerged that Richard Brooks, the NUS Vice President for Union Development, worked with figures linked to the Israeli embassy to undermine and oppose NUS President Malia Bouattia, an outspoken supporter of Palestinian rights. It is utterly shameful that Brooks would act to shield Israel from being held to account and to undermine an elected NUS official in this way.
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