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UK Jewish Students Blast National Union Leader for False Claim of Backtrack on Decision to Exclude Jewish Voice

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NUS President Malia Bouattia seen addressing an anti-Israel student group in Gaza. Photo: PSCABI Facebook.

NUS President Malia Bouattia seen addressing an anti-Israel student group in Gaza. Photo: PSCABI Facebook.

A major British Jewish student group blasted the head of the country’s largest student union for falsely claiming to have backtracked on what they consider an offensive decision, the UK’s Jewish Chronicle reported on Thursday, just as an incriminating video in which she is featured surfaced.

The Union of Jewish Students (UJS) called out National Union of Students (NUS) President Malia Bouattia for alleging that Jews will, in fact, be able to select a representative to a prominent anti-racism committee — after she had voted against their being able to do so. 

As reported by The Algemeiner, earlier this month, during a NUS National Executive Committee (NEC) vote, Bouattia had the final say when she reversed the traditional policy of allowing Jewish students to appoint their own representative to the Anti-Racism, Anti-Fascism (ARAF) committee. The decision was the latest manifestation of what many students say are Bouattia’s anti-Zionist and antisemitic views.

In response to the ire this aroused on the part of Jewish students, on Tuesday Bouattia penned a letter claiming she “issued an interpretation of policy which will ensure that representatives of the committee will be elected autonomously by self-identifying caucuses.”

However, according to UJS Campaign Director Josh Nagli, “The 8,500 Jewish students in Britain will still not get a say in who represents them. This post will probably be given to a Jewish student on the executive who has not been elected and therefore cannot be held to account.”

Bouattia, as reported by The Algemeiner, has been at the center of controversy in recent months after being accused of supporting violence against Israel and offending the Jewish community. In past remarks, she referred to the University of Birmingham as a “Zionist outpost” because of its large Jewish population and endorsed violent “resistance” against Israel.

In a newly surfaced video which was filmed earlier this year, Bouattia is seen praising anti-Israel activists in Gaza and voicing her commitment to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

According to reporting by Heat Street on Thursday, Bouattia was addressing the Palestinian Students Campaign for the Academic Boycott of Israel (PSCABI), which is “tied to anti-Israel figures who have supported violent struggle” against the Jewish state.

In the minute-long video, Bouattia says she “draws strength from their resistance” and is working hard in her role at NUS to “extend solidarity by passing BDS policy in our unions.”

The NUS boasts of representing 7 million student voices — made up of some 600 student unions — across the UK.

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  • Britain is still sowing the wind, and is beginning to reap the whirlwind.
    Antisemitism is the fig-leaf for Muslim anti-west ideology. Since MOST people hate the Jews, many people support and strengthen the Muslim extremist points of view since they think it only refers to Jews and not to themselves. Rather than listen to the rhetoric skilled Muslim speakers mislead them with (lie to deceive your enemies, says the Koran), Europeans and Yanks should listen to the rhetoric given in Arabic in the mosques to Muslims all over the West – they want to kill all Crusaders. They intend to take over the entire west – and so far they are doing a very good job. Having this woman in her position is another victory for that cause, and look how well it is working for her.
    Look at France – it began by targeting Jewish institutions, but it has already expanded to mass killing of ANY frenchman.
    Waving the flag of Palestinian rights is another cynical example of using the values and sentiments of the declining West against them. For the Muslims, the Palestinians are only a red herring to wave in the faces of the gullible west. The Muslims don’t give a rat’s a__e about the rights of any of their citizens, including the Palestinians – the Palestinians suffer more at the hands of their fellow Muslims than at the hands of the Israelis. The Muslims are prepared to fight to the last drop of Palestinian blood to further their real aims, which have no connection whatever to promoting human rights or decent conditions for the Palestinians -it is all part of a cynical but successful political struggle against Israel and against the West. The Hamas literally use children as human shields. Throw their political opponents from rooftops or shoot them in the knees. they celebrate their murder of civilian men, women and children and regard these cowardly murderers as heroes. they teach their children to seek death. These monsters are presented as freedom fighters to a gullible Western public. They are their own worst enemies. But they will soon prove to the gullible West that they are the enemies of the West as well. When the west wakes p to face reality, it may be far too late.

    • Mrkay

      Paul, as a Jew living in the UK, I can categorically inform you that most people here do not hate Jews. I’m not sure, when you made the statement, you meant in the UK or the world over. Either way, you are just plain wrong, in fact embarrassingly so.

  • Scott A. Wolf

    Yet the Brits are ever more eager for Israeli Technology. Simply lay down the Law, you want the fruits of Jewish Brainpower, end all affiliation with the arabian terrorists.

  • Ted U.

    The real question is why is she still there? Why hasn’t she been relieved of her position?