Anti-racist Jews for Justice Speak Out in Support of Malia
In the past week, the Tory press, New Labour and various racist Zionists, especially the Union of Jewish Students, have been foaming at the mouth attacking the radical new President of the National Union of Students, Malia Bouattia. Malia, who is the first Black woman President of NUS is in reality the first Black President as well. As someone who was a student union officer and member of NUS’s Polytechnics Committee when Trevor Phillips was President. He even threatened never to join the Labour Party when the National Organisation of Labour Students, under Tommy Shepherd (now an SNP MP!) voted to support No Platform for Fascists. Trevor Phillips was all in favour of fascists organising on campus.
Phillips it was who fronted the recent Islamaphobic Channel 4 programme on Muslim attitudes to Jews. He probably never thought to ask why there was no survey of Jewish attitudes to Muslims. An Uncle Tom.
The attacks on Malia come from a small minority of Zionist activists. They rely on the right-wing media to trumpet their groundless claims. They claim Jews and Zionists are one and the same yet they also hold that to blame Jews for the actions of Zionism is anti-Semitic. Try working that one out!
I digress though. In the Guardian there are letters from Mike Cushman on behalf of Jews for Boycotting Israeli Goods, Tony Greenstein on behalf of Jews for Jeremy and a list of anti-Zionist and anti-racist Jews who have signed a joint letter in The Independent supporting Malia and welcoming her. Of course the young Zionist racists of the Union of Jewish Students, who imagine that they are oppressed by anti-Semitism because people object to the treatment of Palestinians, have led the attack on Malia and Black students in NUS.
These white racists should be treated with the contempt they deserve. Jewish students are NOT oppressed. They suffer no economic discrimination, quite the contrary, they are members of a community that is anything but economically deprived. They suffer no racism and at worst a form of prejudice. Most anti-Semitism, if it can be described as that, comes from comments directed at Jews as a result of the association of Jews with Israel’s actions. And who associates Jews with Israel? The Zionists and organisations like the Board of Deputies of British Jews which organise rallies in support of Israel’s bombardment of Gaza.