It is with rage to hear about the way NUS VP Richard Brooks was found colluding with the Israeli government to overthrow Malia Boutattia, as shown in a 6-months investigation by Al Jazeera. The democratically-elected President was targeted for her strong pro-BDS stance – another example of how Palestine solidarity and activism on campus is undermined by using surveillance, aggressive intimidation tactics and Islamophobic abuse, especially targeting Palestinian students and Muslim students of colour.
Brooks also failed to mention a trip he had taken to Israel with the Union of Jewish Students(UJS) in his report during the National Executive Council (NEC), where officers report back on the work they’ve been doing and are held accountable.
It is well-known that the Israeli government channelled $25 million of funding to undermine BDS globally through the creation of a Special Task Force led by the Ministry of Strategic Affairs – which works with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Israeli embassies and consulates) as well as pro-Israel groups to coordinate anti-BDS activities. These acts of repression will only heighten boost support for boycotting Israel.
KCLAP condemns these attacks on our NUS President and on Palestine activism on campus and beyond. We demand Richard Brook’s suspension effective immediately and expect the process of accountability is followed through.
Please read and sign this letter written by Palestinian students in the UK:
Full details of the Al Jazeera footage can be found below: http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/revealed-how-nus-official-colluded-israeli-government-oust-malia-bouattia-730807685
(Part 1): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ceCOhdgRBoc
(Part 2): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vuk1EhkEctE
(Part 3): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3dn-VV3czc
(Part 4): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pddH2sfNKNY