Last month, the Fair Play Campaign Group (a project of the JLC and Board of Deputies) successfully responded to a Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) inspired anti-Israel motion submitted to the National Union of Teachers (NUT) Annual Conference (which coincided with the first two days of Pesach).
The NUT, which already holds policies hostile to Israel, was scheduled to hear a motion which claimed that Israel systematically tortures Palestinian children. The motion further called for a major enhancement of the NUT’s relationship with the PSC, and would have positioned them as a core resource and driving force, promoting direct PSC affiliation of local and regional branches.
Working with the Jewish Teachers’ Association, Jewish NUT members wrote to their General Secretary Christine Blower, to explain their opposition to such a motion being tabled. Following the priority ballot, the motion was dropped from the agenda on the eve of the Conference.
This is the latest of a number of setbacks suffered by the PSC. In particular, it shows there is very little support within the NUT for the PSC’s efforts to promote itself as a reliable and credible player on these issues, despite their best efforts to marshall the teacher’s union to attack Israel and promote boycotts.
As a consequence of these events the Board and JLC will be working with the new chair of the Jewish Teachers Association Flora Richards to revitalise and expand the group.
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