NUS President Shaima Dallali sacked on bogus allegations of anti-Semitism—Oppose the witch-hunt!

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The decision by Britain’s National Union of Students (NUS) to sack elected president Shaima Dallali based on trumped-up allegations of anti-Semitism is a shameful capitulation to a state-orchestrated witch-hunt.

Shaima Dallali [Photo: Credit: Shaima Dallali/Twitter]

Accusations of “left anti-Semitism”, equating opposition to Zionism and the Israeli state with anti-Jewish hatred, have been used by the right-wing of the Labour Party, the Conservative government and Zionist organisations to spearhead an attack on socialist and anti-war politics since 2016. Their aim is to censor the political left by outlawing opposition to the criminal treatment of Palestinians by the Israeli state.

A years-long campaign over a manufactured anti-Semitism crisis in the Labour Party was used to remove Jeremy Corbyn as leader and expel large numbers of left-wing members. It has since been expanded into every area of political and cultural life, with the universities a key focus.

Corbyn refused to oppose and even participated in this witch-hunt of his own supporters. Dallali’s expulsion was likewise facilitated by the NUS, which capitulated to a coalition of the Union of Jewish Students (UJS), the government, and leading Blairitesin keeping with the organisation’s role as a careerist training ground for Labour politicians and trade union bureaucrats.

Democratic rights under attack

On November 1, NUS UK Director Kat Clark announced that, following an “independent KC [Kings Counsel]-led investigation into allegations of antisemitism,” the organisation had terminated Dallali’s contract. Clark added that the NUS would “not be sharing any further details on the investigation into the President,” assuring that the process had been “incredibly robust”.

Dallali is considering “all available legal remedies”. A November 2 statement by solicitors Carter-Ruck explained, “Ms Dallali has repeatedly made clear her opposition to all forms of racism, including antisemitism, while continuing to campaign to denounce the plight of the Palestinian people.”

Neither the NUS nor Kings Council Rebecca Tuck have provided a shred of evidence to students about the substance of the anti-Semitism allegations against Dallali. Nor have they explained what parts of the NUS Code of Conduct she is alleged to have breached. Her summary dismissal—the first sacking of an NUS president in its 100-year history—has been carried out in the manner of a kangaroo court. It will be used as a precedent for a wider crackdown on individual students and societies on campuses across the country.

The allegations against Dallai plastered across the national media make clear she is being defamed based on the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism conflating opposition to the Israeli state’s crimes with hatred toward Jews. The NUS adopted the IHRA definition in 2017 and the government, with Labour’s backing, has been pushing its adoption by university institutions.