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UK government questions student union head’s election over alleged antisemitism

17 9 5

The British government requested an inquiry this week into the election of the head of the country’s largest student representative body, alleging that her victory may be invalid due to her failure to commit to the required definition of antisemitism.

UK National Union of Students president Shaima Dallali is already under fire for instances of alleged antisemitism, and was involved in a campaign to reject the adoption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition in a referendum held on the issue while studying at London’s City University in March 2021.

According to the Jewish Chronicle, Dallali liked posts on social media by City Friends of Palestine, a society she founded, that called for the rejection of the IHRA definition.

The referendum went on to reject the adoption of the definition by a two-thirds majority.

When asked by the Jewish Chronicle if she supported the IHRA definition, Dallali stated: “I am committed to creating an NUS that is open to all students… a community that is free from and stands against all forms of discrimination and injustice.”

“My commitment to antiracism has not changed,” she said.

According to the Jewish Chronicle, the UK’s Universities Minister Michelle Donelan has now written to Civica Election Services, the body that oversaw the election of Dallali, requesting an investigation over allegations that the new president violated the “core rules” of........

© The Times of Israel

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