Claims of anti-Semitism underlying the National Students’ Union have led the government to suspend all engagement with the body.

The NUS will be removed from all departmental groups of the Department of Education (DfE) and replaced by an alternative student representation.

University Minister Michelle Danelan also called on bodies such as the Office of Student Affairs to take similar action.

Now NUS will not receive government funding.

Last month, the union announced it was opening up independent investigation after a wave of complaints Jewish students.

This came after DfE was concerned about NUS’s “unacceptable response” to complaints about the Lowkey rapper’s invitation to the 2022 conference.

It noted that the rapper had a history of comments that were “widely regarded as anti-Semitic.”

It is alleged that NUS President Larissa Kennedy invited Jewish students to separate into a quiet area designed for students with neuro-divergent features so that they would not have to hear it, which, according to DfE, was “completely unacceptable”.

“Anti-Semitism must be cut out of the sector”

The DfE said any UXO investigation should lead to “material action” and a decision to withdraw from the UXO would be considered until the organization “demonstrates that it has properly addressed these issues.”

Ms. Danelan said: “I am horrified to think that Jewish students feel subjected to astrocism by an organization that should be the voice of their community and a supporter of equality for all students.

“While this was a decision that the department made easily, we were clear that anti-Semitism should be expelled from the sector, and we take these allegations as seriously as possible.”

Education Minister Nadhim Zahavi said he was “seriously concerned” about the number of reports of alleged anti-Semitism associated with NUS.

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Nadhim Zahavi says his department is abandoning NUS until the problems are resolved

“Jewish students need to be confident that this is the body that represents them, and we need to make sure that the student groups we work with speak fairly for all students, so we abandon NUS until the issues are resolved. has been considered, ”he said.

“No place in our society”

“Based on NUS’s initial response to our concerns, I am confident that they are committed to taking action and welcome further updates from them. Anti-Semitism has no place in our society, and we will eradicate it wherever it occurs. ”

In a press release, DfE said it was also “deeply concerned” by the social media posts of NUS President-elect Shaima Dalali, including a tweet in support of Hamas, a banned terrorist organization.

The DfE noted that this is not the first time the NUS has been involved in disputes over alleged anti-Semitism, including a 2005 investigation.

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In response, NUS said it was “disappointed” that the government announced the move in a press release rather than seeking its direct engagement.

Following the start of the investigation, NUS said it would appoint a CC next week in consultation with the Union of Jewish Students (UJS) to conduct an investigation.

“We have sought to conduct the investigation seriously and properly and are working in collaboration with UJS at every stage,” the spokesman said.

He added that they look forward to “constructive” work with the government on the issue.

In 2017, a number of student unions withdrew from the NUS following the election of Mali Buati – who described the University of Birmingham as “something of an outpost of Zionism” – as its president.

https://news.sky.com/story/national-union-of-students-funding-suspended-as-government-cuts-ties-over-claims-of-antisemitism-12612535

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