Stop Tolerating Antisemitism - Remove Omar Chowdhury from his role as BME Chair

Stop Tolerating Antisemitism - Remove Omar Chowdhury from his role as BME Chair

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We demand that Omar Chowdhury resigns as the Bristol Students' Union BME Chair after his antisemitic abuse.


On 1st May 2019 an independent investigation that was conducted on behalf of Bristol SU concluded that comments made by the newly elected Chair of BME Network, Omar Chowdhury on social media were antisemitic.

 

His comments made to a Jewish student stated that he should "be like Israel and cease to exist", as well as stating that his opinions were “like Israeli settlements: always popping up where they aren't wanted.” The investigation confirmed that these comments were antisemitic, yet he has been allowed to continue in his anti-racism role with little more than a warning.


We believe making racist comments makes someone unsuitable for an anti-racism role.

 

The SU’s only actions taken at the time of writing are, an “official warning about his future conduct”, accompanied by “a series of recommendations”, whereby “the SU will agree a development plan for Omar, to ensure that he fully abides by the IHRA definition of antisemitism.” Mr Chowdhury has subsequently apologised.

This is NOT enough.

 

Mr Chowdhury’s role is to represent Black and Ethnic Minority groups, and was  elected to his position on a platform which included a “zero tolerance for racism." Mr Chowdhury, we support your policy of zero tolerance for racism, which is why we will not tolerate you or your racism.


Ethnic minorities cannot reasonably expect someone found to have been antisemitic to be their champion and representative in fighting antisemitism on our campus, making Omar clearly unfit and incapable to fulfil his role effectively.


By remaining in his position, the Students' Union and Mr Chowdhury are tolerating and standing by antisemitism. We will neither tolerate nor stand by as antisemitism is allowed to remain in our Union. We will continue to combat antisemitism as well as hatred in all its forms even if Bristol SU will not, and we implore them to take a stand against racism and for what is right.


We therefore demand the resignation of Mr Chowdhury.

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