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April 22, 2016 6:05 pm

Oxford, Cambridge Threatening to Break Ties With National Student Union Over New President Accused of Antisemitism, Supporting ISIS

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NUS president Malia Bouattia has been accused of antisemitism and encouraging armed "resistance" against Israel. Photo: NUS UK.

NUS president-elect Malia Bouattia has been accused of antisemitism and encouraging armed “resistance” against Israel. Photo: NUS UK.

Top universities in Britain are threatening to break ties with the country’s National Union of Students (NUS) following its recent election of a new controversial president accused of making antisemitic, anti-Israel and terror-sympathizing comments, the UK’s Daily Mail reported.

Students at Cambridge and Oxford announced on Thursday that they would be holding referendums on whether to split from the NUS following the election of Malia Bouattia, the report said. In 2014, while speaking at a “pro-resistance” event celebrating “Gaza and the Palestinian revolution,” Bouattia asserted that it is “problematic” to consider that “Palestine will be free” only by means of “non-violent protest.” In 2011, while attending the University of Birmingham, she called the school “a Zionist outpost” with the “largest [Jewish Society] in the country.” Bouattia has also previously attacked what she called “Zionist-led media outlets,” the report said, and more recently, voted against a NUS motion condemning ISIS because it would be “blatant Islamophobia.”

Prior to her election, Bouattia’s candidacy caused an uproar across many universities in Britain. Fifty-seven Jewish student leaders penned an open letter to the would-be president, asking her to clarify her positions. In response, Bouattia claimed she was not an antisemite, rather an anti-Zionist. “I want to be clear that for me to take issue with Zionist politics, is not me taking issue with being Jewish,” she wrote.

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NUS members have now launched a campaign to disaffiliate from the student organization, the Daily Mail reported, following Bouattia’s election. Students from the universities of Durham, York, Westminster, Birmingham, Edinburgh, King’s College of London and the London School of Economics have offered their support for the disassociation campaign. On social media, Facebook pages are encouraging students to cancel their memberships with NUS.

Jewish Society president at the University College of London, Adam Schapira, called on Bouattia to resign. “Jewish students are deeply shocked and saddened by Malia’s recent election victory…There should be zero tolerance for antisemitism, implicitly or otherwise,” he was quoted as saying by the Jewish Chronicle. “As NUS president, Malia will leave an indelible mark on an organization that claims to fight against all forms of hate and intolerance. It frankly discredits NUS as an organization, and Jewish students are rightly outraged by this. In light of this, I am calling for her immediate withdrawal from NUS.”

Bouattia is the NUS’s first black female Muslim president. She was born in Algeria and came to the UK at age seven after “terrorists rained gunfire” on her school, Bouattia said in her election speech. Defending herself against any links with extremists groups, Bouattia stated: “I know too well the price of terrorism, the consequences of violence and oppression, I saw a country ripped apart by terror and was pushed into exile by its doing. I know too well the damage done by racism and persecution – I faced it every day.”

NUS represents 600 student organizations and more than 7 million student voices across the UK.

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  • Valerie Tyson

    They MUST stand against this. The UK has seen the result of tolerating the intolerable.

  • Kerry

    Is there a way for Zionists on this page, and throughout the internet, to stop being such disgusting, deeply racist pigs, and accept democracy when we see it happening in front of us?

    Democracy IS an Israeli value, is it not?

  • Scott Aronin

    Is there a petition we can sign, or other action to take to support either ousting her from the position or helping universities break with NUS?

  • dennis teifeld

    first and foremost I am appalled and disheartened that someone like this could be elected to this office. It indicates a massive problem in the fabric of the institution in the UK. I am however delighted to see that there are still intelligent students that see this person for who she really is and are not being fooled by her lies.

  • Miranda Vuolasranta

    NUS should absolutely stay as an objectiv student organisation and not be lead by extremist leader who is driving her own political mission throuh this position. British Universities should react and push NUS to make re-elections to get a new president. Everybody has right to freedom of speach, but in case of a million wide reprsentation organisation, the leader should not present her self, but the goals principlas of the organisation. And in case NUS as organisation is radicalised and coninue to defend terrorist leader, then the British Universities should take a stand from it and make that position public.

  • Eliyahu Neiman

    Dare I ask how an Algerian Arab-Berber is Black?

  • Neil Horlock

    “Bouattia has …voted against a NUS motion condemning ISIS because it would be “blatant Islamophobia.”

    Condemning ISIS is blatant Islamophobia? She is admitting here that ISIS and Islam are subject to the same standard. Based on her vote and statement might give one pause to think she may be an advocate of terrorism and might be subject to closer scrutiny. We need to hold her to the same rigor as she expects of others.

  • yvonne green

    Hi, thanks for the excellent articles you provide.

    I was taken aback that you state “Bouattia is the NUS’s first black female Muslim president.”

    She does not look black to me. What is your intent in stating she is black? Why not just say she is the first female Muslim president?

  • Robert Davis

    arabs are mere imperialists preparing to rule the world and attack systematically Israel and Jews to achieve that goal. Of course they will never achieve anything but since their brains are not more developed than that ofmonkeys they cannot understand it. Hence their antisemitism. Qs to socialists whether national socialism of multicultural socialism it’s all one it’s mere nazism and the reason why they go along so well with arabs.

  • stevenl

    Time to “BDS” the NUS! These are young fascists who bring their ME genocidal fanaticism to the EU.
    Looks like Europe has learned NOTHING from “38-“45! Then it was “secular fascism” or Nazism and now it is Islamic fascism or Islamism.

  • Denis MacEoin

    Saying that being anti-Zionist is not the same as being anti-Semitic is just playing silly games. The original EUMC definition of anti-Semitism and the US State Department definition both indicate that extreme views of Israel, calling it an apartheid state, holding it to double standards, support ofr BDS etc. are all wholly anti-Semitic. And any sensible person can see the falsity of her claims at a glance. And when it comes to the use of violence (which she advocates), the victims will be Jews. As a former student at three major universities (including Cambridge, mentioned above), and a former university lecturer (ironically, in Arabic and Islamic Studies), I believe her presence as NUS president drags British students (already a pretty bigoted lot, with their BDS motions) yet further down the road to universal disrepute. Her support for terrorism would be grounds enough, in my view, for deportation back to Algeris, where terrorism is still a threat. Maybe ISIS will get her there, even if she screams ‘but I blocked a resolution against you’.

  • Golum..

    Soooo…. “I saw a country ripped apart by terror and was pushed into exile by its doing. I know too well the damage done by racism and persecution – I faced it every day.”

    AND WHAT DID SHE LEARN????
    …to be an anti-Semite, anti-Zionist and anti-Israeli……Stockholm Syndrome???

  • enufizenuf

    She has Israel confused with Dar-al-Islam.

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