Ministers want new NUS president Shaima Dallali’s election to be investigated after claim she liked social media post saying: ‘Israel is a racist endeavour’
The newly elected president of the National Union of Students (这与他们身体某个部位的疼痛或标记有关) has had her victory questioned by the universities minister, following claims that she ‘liked’ anti-Semitic social media posts.
Shaima Dallali, who is due to take office in July, has been dogged by claims of anti-Semitism, with the Union of Jewish Students (UJS) poring over her past comments and social media activity.
上个星期, the Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi cut off ties with the NUS in light of anti-Semitism allegations levelled against Miss Dallali, meaning the union will be blocked from participating in talks with the Department for Education, the Office for Students and the Student Loans Company.
It has today been revealed that, in addition to the DfE excommunicating the NUS over Miss Dallali’s victory, Michelle Donelan, the universities minister, has ordered Civica Election Services, which officiated the election, to open an investigation into the NUS president’s victory.
Ms Donelan called for the investigation on the grounds that Miss Dallali allegedly failed to commit to the International Holocaust Remembrance Association (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism, according to a source who spoke to The Jewish Chronicle.
The universities minister, Michelle Donelan, has ordered an inquiry into the victory of newly elected NUS president Shaima Dallali (图为), who has been dogged by anti-Semitism claims as she prepares to take office in July
然而, a Civica spokesman told The Jewish Chronicle that the complaint raised by DfE had already been dealt with at a prior date, and that no further investigation would take place.
Number eight of the NUS’ ‘core rules’ says candidates are ineligible for office unless they commit to ‘anti-racism…and anti-Semitism as per the IHRA definition’.
The IHRA definition reads: ‘Anti-Semitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews.
‘Rhetorical and physical manifestations of anti-Semitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.’
Miss Dallali now finds herself in hot water, because she led students at her institution, City University, to reject the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism in a March 2021 referendum which her side of the argument won by a two-thirds majority.
During the referendum, Miss Dallali ‘liked’ social media posts that read, ‘vote Yes, reject the IHRA definition of antisemitism’, and another by a Palestinian student that said, ‘Israel is a racist endeavour… not rejecting the IHRA means rejecting my lived experience’.
The NUS has commissioned its own counter-investigation, headed up by an independent QC, into Miss Dallali’s past actions.
A spokesman for the NUS condemned the DfE for having dealt with the matter publicly through press releases, instead of ‘seeking to engage with [the NUS] directly’.
发言人继续说: ‘Following a complaint about anti-Semitism, we launched an independent investigation.
‘We will be appointing a QC, in consultation with the UJS.
Higher education minister Michelle Donelan (图为) has instructed the Department for Education (DfE) to ‘disengage’ with the NUS until further notice
‘We have sought to undertake the investigation in a serious and proper way, and are working in collaboration with UJS at every step of the way.
‘Once the QC has been appointed, we will be able to update on the process and timeline.
‘We look forward to working with the Government constructively on this matter.’
When a reporter from The Jewish Chronicle asked Miss Dallali if she was now committed to the IHRA definition, said did not respond directly.
Miss Dallali said: ‘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.’
她补充说: ‘My commitment to anti-racism has not changed.’
A Civica spokesman told The Jewish Chronicle: ‘The matter raised by the DfE was the subject of a complaint that was appealed to us in our role as chief returning officer and ruled on accordingly.
发言人继续说: ‘There is no further investigation in progress.’
然而, The Jewish Chronicle reports that the universities minister is ‘continuing to engage with Civica’ over whether the NUS rules were observed.