ADL: UK Student Union Alignment with BDS Shows “Blatant Disregard” to Jewish Students’ Concerns

New York, NY, June 3, 2015 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today condemned the decision made by the executive committee of the UK’s National Union of Students (NUS) to align the group with the BDS movement, as a “biased and divisive” effort which showed “blatant disregard” to the concerns of Jewish students.

“We share the outrage of the British Jewish community and the Union of Jewish Students at the decision by the NUS to align itself with the biased, divisive and fundamentally unconstructive BDS movement,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. “We are appreciative of the condemnation by British government officials as well by the umbrella organization for British universities.”

Mr. Foxman added, “It is particularly shameful that the NUS executive committee showed blatant disregard to the concerns of Jewish students that this policy may create an environment of hostility and anti-Semitism on British campuses.”

In late 2014, the same NUS executive committee voted against a resolution condemning the terrorist actions of ISIS and supporting the people of Iraq after opponents said it would promote war and Islamophobia.

ADL recently reported a marked increase in the number and intensity of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic incidents on college campuses across the United States.

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today it is the world’s leading organization combating anti-Semitism, exposing hate groups, training law enforcement on hate crimes, developing anti-bias education programs for students, countering cyber-hate and relentlessly pursuing equal rights for all.