Open letter to Malia Bouattia from Students’ Unions in response to the Home Affairs Select Committee Report into Antisemitism in the UK

Following the publication of the report from the Home Affairs Select Committee today into the state of antisemitism in the UK, we call on Malia Bouattia, the President of NUS UK to issue a full and formal apology to Jewish students, and indeed to her entire membership.

This report was compiled by a cross-party committee of the House of Commons. Arguably, the content of the report which relates to Malia or NUS is not necessarily new, but it is shocking that we have reached this point. The report states that language that Malia has used in the past, “smacks of outright racism, which is unacceptable, and even more so from a public figure such as the President of the NUS.” This is an unprecedented situation for our National Union to be in, and therefore requires an unprecedented response.
 
We, the undersigned believe that the statement issued by Malia to the press following the publication of the report does not go far enough in acknowledging or apologising for the significant damage that her actions and language have done to NUS and the student movement more widely.

If Malia fails to acknowledge the need for an immediate and full apology, as well as provide details of how she will personally address these issues going forward, then we believe that she must resign. We too believe that this report, the issues highlighted by it and the recommendations within should reinforce to others who hold office in NUS, who have either publicly defended Malia or actively chosen to remain silent that they too have a role to play in addressing the systemic problem of antisemitism within the student movement.

Signed,

Amanda Chetwynd Cowieson, Falmouth and Exeter Students’ Union President Student Experience
Josh Seitler, Union of Jewish Students President
Kate Dearden, Labour Students National Chair
Esther Green, NUSNEC
Alexa Webster, Falmouth and Exeter Students’ Union President Community and Welfare
Tom Murray-Richards, Falmouth and Exeter Students’ Union President Exeter
Chris Slesser, Falmouth and Exeter Students’ Union President Falmouth
Kira Cox, Liverpool Hope Students’ Union President
Rory Murray, Kent Union President
Ruth Wilkinson, Kent Union Vice President Activities
Rachel Holland, Leicester Students’ Union President
Alice Dee, Durham Students’ Union President
Lisa Whiting, Durham Students’ Union Academic Affairs Officer
Rosie McKenna, Edge Hill Students Union Women’s Officer
Katie Dragomirova, Middlesex Students’ Union Vice President
Josh Gulrajani, University of Essex Students’ Union Vice President Education
Jess Rich, University of Essex Students’ Union Vice President Welfare and Community
Natalie Jordan, Keele Students’ Union Welfare and Internationalisation Officer
Theo Antoniou-Phillips, University of East Anglia Students’ Union Undergraduate Education Officer
Emily Horsfall, Keele Students’ Union Union Development and Democracy Officer 
Dom Trendall, Sheffield Students’ Union President
Jamie Bennett, Liverpool Students’ Union Vice President Academic Quality
Aisling Davis, Liverpool Students’ Union President
Jordan Rudge, Winchester Students’ Union Vice President Activities
Molly Houghton, Edge Hill Students’ Union LGBT Officer
Laurie Illingworth, York St John Students’ Union President
Izzy Tooke, York St John Students’ Union Vice President Education
Katie Irving, York St John Students’ Union Vice President Welfare and Diversity
Nina Mehmi, NUSNEC
Amy Rust, University of East Anglia Students’ Union Campaigns and Democracy Officer
Jamie Ali, Leeds University Union Community Officer
Daniel Cromblehome, Liverpool Students’ Union Vice President Community
Biba Chuta, Christ Church Students’ Union President Sports
Alicia Gavrila, University of Essex Students’ Union Disabled Students’ Officer
Harriet Smailes, Leicester Students’ Union Wellbeing Officer
Scarlett Dempsey, Students’ Union University of Greenwich President
Vivian Van Lent, Students’ Union University of Greenwich Vice President Education
Luke Ellis, Students’ Union University of Greenwich Vice President Welfare
Louis Hale, Students’ Union University of Greenwich Vice President Student Activities
Joe Cox, Middlesex Students’ Union Vice President

Alex Mackenzie Smith, Surrey Students’ Union President

Saskia Cochrane, Surrey Students’ Vice President Community

Jo Goodman, Birmingham City University Students’ Union President

Vicky Glynn, Birmingham City University Students’ Union Mature & Postgraduate Officer

Elliot Shell, Kent Students’ Union Vice President Sport

Lucy Woodcock, Bath Students’ Union President

Darren Clarke, Staffordshire University Students’ Union Vice President

Ben Malbon, Staffordshire University Students’ Union Vice President

Swetha Reddy, Staffordshire University Students’ Union Vice President

Zander Lavall, St Mary’s University Student Union

Matt Evans, Hull Students’ Union President

Amy Jackson, Hull Students’ Union Vice President Activities

Matt Thorneycroft, Hull Students’ Union Vice President Education

Hayley Thomas, Coleg Y Cymoedd

Whitney Brown, Coleg Y Cymoedd

Jamie-Lee Cunningham, Staffordshire University Students’ Union President

Harry Sampson, Winchester Students’ Union President

Samuel Chivers, Winchester Students’ Union Vice President Education

Siôn Davies, NUS NEC

Kieran Parrish, Bishop Grosseteste Students’ Union President

Mark Barnes, Bishop Grosseteste Students Union Liberations Officer

Lewis Smith, Bishop Grosseteste Students’ Union Campaigns Officer

Laura Lutton, Bishop Grosseteste Students’ Union Community Officer

Adam Shah, Bishop Grosseteste Students’ Union Societies Officer

Elias McGill, Marjon Students’ Union President

Haden Tye, Marjon Students’ Union Deputy President

James Arrowsmith, University of the West of England Debating Society President

Derya Khalilpour, University of the West of England Debating Society Vice President

Grainne O’Monghain, Hertfordshire Students’ Union President

Tali Atvars, Winchester Students’ Union Volunteering & Community Officer

Igor Ahmedov, Winchester Students’ Union International Students Officer

Hannah Ayres, Winchester Students’ Union Welfare Officer

Cole Walton, Winchester Students’ Union Equality & Diversity Officer

Bruna Silva, Teesside University Students’ Union President

Adam Howe, Teesside University Students’ Union Vice-President Education

Amy Preston, Teesside University Students’ Union Vice-President Activities

Georgina Arksey, Teeside University Students’ Union Vice-President Welfare

Katya Hilton, Bath Spa Students’ Union President

Aled Davies, Bath Spa Students’ Union Vice President Welfare

Kat Kennard, Bath Spa Students’ Union Vice President Education

Amy Dawson, Bath Spa Students’ Union Vice President Activities

James Banton, Staffordshire University Students’ Union Elected Student Trustee

Birgit Allport, Staffordshire University Students’ Union Elected Student Trustee

Nicholas Heywood, Staffordshire University Students’ Union Elected Student Trustee

Shelby Loasby, Hertfordshire Students’ Union Vice President Communications and Media

Annabel Martin, Hertfordshire Students’ Union Vice President Activities

Millie Beach, University of York Students’ Union President

Alex Lusty, University of York Stduents’ Union Activities Officer

Jamie Brown, Chester Students’ Union Vice President Education

Matt Grange, NUS NEC

Benjamin Freed, Brighton and Sussex Jewish Society Co-President

Vivienne Newton, University of Bolton Students’ Union President

Conor Savage, Undeb Bangor President

Matt Day, Undeb Bangor Vice-President Societies and Community

Liam Bligh, Northampton Students’ Union President

David Lewis, Northampton Students’ Union Vice President Development

Danje Zhong, Northampton Students’ Union Vice President Education

Yotam Berant, Edge Hill Students’ Union Mature/Part-Time Students Officer

Lauren Marks, Aberystwyth Students’ Union President

Ryan Myles-Roberts, Aberystwyth Students’ Union Education Officer

The report in question can be found here
If you would like to add your name, please contact Amanda on amanda.cc@fxu.org.uk