Interesting question. Probably
Universities are being urged to act swiftly to tackle antisemitism on campuses after a series of incidents in recent weeks – including Holocaust denial leaflets, fascist stickers and swastikas etched on and around campuses – which have fuelled anxiety among Jewish students.
Readers with a memory that goes back, say two months, may remember an Al Jazeera series that was posted here, providing a shitload of evidence that the Israeli Embassy has been working with “British” pro-Israel groups.
The UJS, the chief source of the allegations in today’s Guardian report, features prominently in the AJ investigation.
Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit discovered that the UJS not only received money from the Israeli embassy, but also attempted to influence the NUS presidency election, and even oust Bouattia following her victory.
Michael Rubin, a young parliamentary officer and pro-Israel activist who claimed to work “with the ambassador and embassy quite a lot”, told Robin that Bouattia was “really bad” and “awful”.
“We were campaigning for the person running against her because we didn’t want her to win,” said Rubin, who was at the time of the election chairman of the Labour Students group.
During the election campaign, Richard Brooks, NUS vice president, held “secret” meetings with Russell Langer, UJS campaign director, and Rubin.
“We’d have our secret little purpose meeting where we’d plan how to get moderate people with good politics and any number of things elected to certain places,” he said, adding that the group worked “quite closely together”.
Robin explored with Brooks the possibility of ousting Bouattia.
The Guardian was barely interested in the evidence surrounding the Israeli Embassy story, yet makes the allegations of one of the co-ordinated groups its top story.