NUS adopts EU definition of Antisemitism, including new antisemitism re: Israel

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NUS adopts EU Definition of Antisemitism

NUS adopts EU's definition of Antisemitism, including recognising New Antisemitism, that is manifestations of antisemitism in relation to Israel.

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801b Religious Dress: Not a Political Football

MOTION: 801b
Heading: Anti – Racism: Religious Dress: Not a Political Football (Amendment ADDS to the motion)
Submitted by: Heriot-Watt University, University College London and Cambridge University
Basket 1
Speech For: University College London (1 min)
Speech Against: Free (1 min)
Speech For: Heriot-Watt University (1 min)
Summation: Heriot-Watt University (0.5 min)

Conference Believes:

1. A Muslim woman had her Hijab (head veil) torn off by a white man in Liverpool after Jack Straw made his comments. 2. That objectification and sexualisation of women, their bodies and their faces, is a worldwide trend and women from different cultures, countries and religions address this situation differently. 3. That Conservative Party Leader, David Cameron, recently made a high profile speech in which he claimed that Muslim extremists are the ‘mirror image’ of the fascist BNP; among the groups singled out for the criticism were the MCB and FOSIS.

Conference Further Believes :

  1. That with the banning of the niqab, as with any other item of clothing, we must defend a woman’s right to choose.
  2. Jack Straw comments on the niqab have not helped improve relations between the Muslim community and society in general but have in fact caused deterioration in relations.
  3. It is complete irresponsible for the Conservative Party and its leader David Cameron to legitimise the fascist British National Party by describing them as the ‘mirror image’ of Muslim community organisations.
  4. Comments by Jack Straw and David Cameron are examples of politicians playing fast and loose with faith for their own political gain. This behaviour should be condemned.

Conference Resolves :

  1. To support the right of the Muslim students on campus in their right to wear what they consider the Islamic dress, including JILBAB (long dress). HIJAB (head veil) and the NIQAB (face veil).
  2. Condemn David Cameron for his comments likening Muslim organisations to the fascist BNP.


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