We are ashamed to report a clear example of anti-semitism in UK as the National Executive Committee of the National Union of Students (NUS) voted to adopt a policy of “Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions” (BDS) against Israel. The NUS exists to represent the interests of 7 million students throughout the UK and claims to “promote, defend and extend the rights of students and develop and champion strong student unions”. So why would the NUS feel the need to take this extreme action against Israel?
Surely, it’s mission is to represent Britain’s students, but if the NUS really want to make the world a better place, surely there are numerous of worse examples of corruption and injustice they could back!
It has been bad enough in recent weeks to witness anti-Israel protests around the world, for which the majority are not peaceful and have a strong anti-semitism element. Wikipedia defines anti-semitism as, “prejudice, hatred of, or discrimination against Jews as a national, ethnic, religious or racial group”. The BDS movement, which has been adopted by the NUS, campaigns for the boycott of Israeli goods for no other than that they have a connection to Israel. Its website boasts that “Anyone can boycott Israeli goods, simply by making sure that they don’t buy products made in Israel or by Israeli companies. Campaigners and groups call on consumers not to buy Israeli goods and on businesses not to buy or sell them”. They basically support discrimination of every Israeli, or anyone connected with Israel, because they disagree with the action of the Israeli government. Does that mean it’s OK for everyone to boycott Palestinian goods because their leaders fire rockets at other countries and cause all kinds of misery and hardship on their own people? This would, of course, be ridiculous.
Unfortunately, the NUS is joining this anti-semitic bandwagon, probably under the illusion that they are doing some good – but the reality is quite the opposite!
It will not be long before more overt persecution of the Jews becomes commonplace – there are already many signs of this.
Read this article by a Jewish Student at Cambridge University for his perspective – Are Britain’s Students allowed to be Jewish anymore?
The Union of Jewish Students has also expressed concern about this development – UJS expresses concern after recent NUS vote to adopt BDS
History teaches that on the most part, the church was a silent observer during the holocaust – therefore passively (and sometimes actively) complicit in this atrocity. A new Jewish holocaust is predicted in Zechariah 12-14 and the stage is being set for this. It is every Christian’s commission to see this coming and to stand firm with Israel and the Jews in what will become a very dark hour – what better way to point them towards the love of their Saviour the Lord Jesus Christ than through a faithful church that stands firm with them and lovingly points them to faith in the Messiah?
So I ask, did they stumble in order that they might fall? By no means! Rather through their trespass salvation has come to the Gentiles, so as to make Israel jealous. Now if their trespass means riches for the world, and if their failure means riches for the Gentiles, how much more will their full inclusion mean! (Romans 11:11-12)