A candidate for NUS president, Momin Saqib, has been accused of tolerating anti-Semitism after it emerged that he invited a notorious speaker to King’s College London in October last year.
Lord Nazir Ahmed was suspended from the Labour Party in 2013 for anti-Semitism, after he blamed the ‘Jewish’ owned media for his driving conviction. In 2005, Lord Ahmed was also criticised for hosting a book launch in the House of Lords for Holocaust denier Israel Shamir, during which Shamir claimed that ‘Jews…own, control and edit a big share of mass media.’
According to the accusers, a group of concerned students raised Lord Ahmed’s history of anti-Semitism, but these concerns were ignored by Saqib, president of King’s College London Students’ Union at the time.
In Saqib’s 2018 NUS manifesto, which focused on restoring unity and accessibility to the NUS, a major pledge called for zero tolerance towards any form of racism. ‘We need to work on all forms of discrimination’ Saqid states ‘whether it be islamophobia, anti-semitic, racist, gender and homophobic.’
We need to work on all forms of discrimination whether it be islamophobia, anti-semitic, racist, gender and homophobic.
Lord Ahmed’s speech, on the issue of Kashmir, inflamed tensions in the audience by veering into discussions about India’s treatment of Dalits, and describing Indian attendees as ‘fundamentalists’. One attendee later wrote that Saqib ‘did little to calm the agitated audience, and, in fact, encouraged the panellist to continue with his hate-filled rhetoric.’
Did little to calm the agitated audience, and, in fact, encouraged the panellist to continue with his hate-filled rhetoric
A group of anonymous accusers took to Twitter last night, under the handle @mominexpose, to accuse the NUS presidential candidate of tolerating anti-Semitism and anti-Hindu prejudice.