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.

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.