Rose Blooms with UJS result

HANNAH Rose has been elected president of the Union of Jewish Students with more than 56 per cent of the votes.

She beat competition from former Manchester J-Soc president Lawrence Rosenberg and non-Zionist Annie Cohen.

The latter only received 80 votes, while Ms Rose received 519. More than 900 students voted.

Ms Rose, the sister of Labour Friends of Israel's national director Ella Rose, said: "My campaign wasn't about me or my politics, and my presidency won't be either; it'll be about all 8,500 Jewish students and what we can achieve when we are united."

Current president Josh Holt said: "I have no doubt that she will lead UJS into its 100th year with passion, dedication and a significant vision for the future of our union."

Ms Rose will begin her role in June.

Meanwhile, Mr Holt has hit back at claims that including anti-Zionist students into the organisation will make it "counterproductive".

A motion to include students who are "questioning the 'traditional' Zionist narrative" was passed at Sunday's conference.

It also called for the inclusion of "non-Zionist, anti-Zionist and Zi-curious" students.

But North West Friends of Israel vice-chairman Stuart Ailion said: "The adoption of discursive motions that place the UJS under obligation to promote a minority view is counterproductive.

"The non-Zionists are perfectly entitled to avoid events that don't suit them.

"They are also entitled to promote their own events within the UJS framework that might or might not be attended by their fellow students.

"But it is nonsensical to expect UJS to promote events that don't represent its core values at the behest of a political minority."

The motion was tabled by former presidential candidate Eran Cohen, who caused uproar last year by becoming the first pro-BDS member to run for UJS president.

Mr Holt told the Jewish Telegraph: "We're a cross-communal organisation, which doesn't just mean across the religious spectrum - it means we are open to Jewish students of various political persuasions too.

"Clearly there are students whose views are not the mainstream regarding the Israel-Palestine conflict and it's crucial that these students are able to feel part of their national union as much as anyone else.

"As a union we remain firmly committed to combating BDS and campaigning for a two-state solution, long-standing positions that have been affirmed overwhelmingly at every UJS Conference for many years.

"That said, majority mandated positions are not parameters that limit debate and discussion, and we are proud that we can have healthy, informed, respectful discussions on Israel-Palestine within our union."

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