New NUS Palestine Policy a Step Forward
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I have often heard it said that people are at their most progressive when they are students. But for years the NUS, as the representative union of the student body has seemed reluctant to be seen as fitting that stereotype. However, a couple of weeks ago the NUS National Executive Council (NEC) finally adopted a policy which supports the human rights of Palestinians, especially recognising the rights of students in the region to uninterrupted education. This was unexpected to many and quite bold when the dominant agenda is wary of speaking about issues around Palestine and Israel, especially anything that could be taken as supporting Palestinians too strongly. Although the NUS Black Students' Campaign has been working alongside the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign for a while, but the NUS as a whole has largely ignored the issue so as to seem neutral. But the NUS has a history of speaking out in support of oppressed groups, especially the students that were part of them. They are proud to say they were active in the Anti Apartheid Movement and currently campaigns to support students in Burma and Zimbabwe.
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