Calls for Solomon to quit

A university society has called for a student union president to resign over apparently antisemitic remarks.

The Model United Nations Society at the School of Oriental and African Studies said Clare Solomon, president of the University of London Union, had "clearly lost the authority to represent all students equally".

Last month Ms Solomon claimed in a Facebook post that the persecution of Jews had been fabricated to justify attacks on Palestinians. The 37-year-old mature student said her comment had been "badly-worded" and apologised for any "misunderstandings".

But Ikramul Choudhury, president of the SOAS society, said her comments had been "beyond the pale".

Ms Solomon was expelled from the Socialist Workers Party last year and helped organise the occupation of lecture theatres at SOAS in 2009, following Operation Cast Lead in Gaza.

Last updated: 3:05pm, December 29 2010