At the NUS National Executive Council meeting today, NUS failed to mention Israel in a statement of solidarity towards countries that have been victims of terror attacks in the past year.
This comes at a time when Israel is experiencing a new wave of terror.
Since October, there has been 74 stabbing attacks, 12 car rammings, and 10 shootings.
21 Israelis have been killed in this round of violence and 189 wounded, but NUS doesn’t seem to care.
In their solidarity statement, France, Nigeria, Lebanon, Turkey, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Kenya, Mali, and Palestine were all mentioned, but not Israel.
All the above countries deserve to be mentioned but it speaks volumes that NUS “mourn for the victims of the attacks and stand in solidarity with the families and friends of all those affected in these acts of violence” if they are from Palestine but not from Israel.
There is a loss of innocence both sides of the conflict, and both sides deserve to be mentioned.
In a statement, the Union of Jewish Students (UJS) said the following:
“The inclusion in the list of Palestine and the deliberate omission of Israel is an insult to the victims of terror there in the last few months. The very fact that the civilians who have been stabbed, run over or shot in the streets are not even included in this statement is cause for concern.
“We call on NUS to publicly apologise to all those offended by this omission and to make it clear that they stand with all victims of terror. UJS condemns terrorism in all of its forms and are sad to see that others are not able to do this.”