Four days after the University of Exeter brushed off the latest antisemitic incident, we can reveal that Malaka Shwaikh, is running unopposed as Vice President of the Students’ Guild.
Shwaikh, who is already a trustee of the Students’ Guild, says that she has spent her life “aiming to change our society for the better and help to spread justice and fairness everywhere”, but her Twitter account tells a different story. To mark Holocaust Memorial Day, she tweeted that “The shadow of the Holocaust continues to fall over us from the continuous Israeli occupation of Palestine to the election of Trump”. She has claimed that “Zionism ideology is no different than that of Hitler’s” and she has also written that “Hitler did his deed and the Palestinians had to pay for it.” According to the International Definition of Antisemitism, “Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis” is antisemitic.
Earlier this week the university tried to brush off an antisemitic incident in which a “Rights for Whites” sign was found in halls of residence and a swastika was found carved into a door in on-campus halls Birks Grange, with a spokesman downplaying this blatant antisemitic incident as possibly merely “an ill-judged, deeply offensive joke.” This follows another alarming antisemitic incident at the university last term in which students were photographed at a sports club social event wearing t-shirts with handwritten antisemitic slogans. One t-shirt bore the slogan: “the Holocaust was a good time.”
Campaign Against Antisemitism is closely monitoring the response to this latest disturbing outbreak of antisemitism. We would be interested to hear from students by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be writing to the university and the Charity Commission about this latest development.
The shadow of the Holocaust continues to fall over us from the continuous Israeli occupation of Palestine to the election of Trump #HMD2017
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