The NUS FORGOT about Judaism!

Survey sent to NUS members omits Jewish people from participating..


The National Union of Students has omitted the UK’s 5th biggest religion, from a religion survey.

The survey sent to members of the NUS had options for Christian, Buddhist, Agnostic, Sikh, Atheist and Hindu. However, Judaism was missing.

The NUS Survey sent out this week OMITS Judaism!
The NUS Survey sent out OMITS Judaism!

Buddhism has a smaller following than Judaism in the UK, ranking at 6th biggest, with 0.4% of the population saying they’re a follower in the 2011 census.

The gaff is the latest upset to an already strained Jewish – NUS relationship.

In April 2017, a tweet emerged from a candidate running for a place on the Executive.
Seán O’Neill posted using hashtags “HeilHitler” and “FuckSlutsKillJews”.

Seán O'Neill used the #HeilHitler and #FuckSlutsKillJews as a joke in a tweet
Seán O’Neill used the #HeilHitler and #FuckSlutsKillJews as a joke in a tweet

The former NUS president Malia Bouattia described Birmingham University as a “Zionist outpost”.

The Labour Party supporter also refused to say Israel had the right to exist.

The NUS launched it’s own inquiry, described as a “Labour-style stitch up” and a “disgrace” by a senior figure at the time.

The inquiry recommended that Bouattia should face no disciplinary action.

This is despite finding that Bouattia had made comments described as “anti Semitic”.


Cover image by David Iliff. License: CC-BY-SA 2.5 – edited to add survey only.