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Controversial President of UK’s Largest Student Union Fails to Apologize for ‘Zionist Outpost’ Comment Widely Condemned as Antisemitic

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NUS president Malia Bouattia. Photo: NUS UK.

NUS president Malia Bouattia. Photo: NUS UK.

During a BBC radio interview on Tuesday, the controversial head of the UK’s largest student union failed to apologize for comments widely condemned as antisemitic, British media outlets reported.

National Union of Students (NUS) President Malia Bouattia was unrepentant when challenged about a 2011 article she co-wrote, characterizing the UK’s Birmingham University as a “Zionist outpost” because of its large Jewish population. 

Bouattia told her BBC Radio 4 interviewer“I would certainly review my language and would definitely want to explain the political context which I was discussing. I absolutely was not saying the things that it has been interpreted as [being antisemitic], if you will.”

As The Algemeiner previously reported, the Algerian-born Bouattia first attracted controversy when she was running for the NUS leadership position, and comments she had made in support of terrorism against Israel came to light. In 2014, for example, while speaking at a “pro-resistance” event celebrating “Gaza and the Palestinian revolution,” she asserted that it is “problematic” to consider that “Palestine will be free” only by means of “non-violent protest,” and bemoaned the fact that “resistance” is presented as terrorism.

More recently, following an interview with the UK’s Guardian — in which Bouattia acknowledged she applies double standards when it comes to racism against Jews — an official from a major British student group slammed the NUS president for “failing” Jewish students.

“One rule for Jews, another for everyone else,” the Union of Jewish Students (UJS) official wrote. “Does she realize that many Jewish students have fears about going onto campus this year, let alone engaging in NUS’ structures? Does she realize the impact that her election has had on Jewish students?”

The NUS — representing 600 student groups and 7 million individuals — is turning into an organization with which “many Jewish students are not invited to engage” under Bouattia’s leadership, he wrote, adding, “It is one where terms like ‘Zionist-led media’ and ‘Zionist lobby’ are clearly accepted.”

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  • rightwing

    Typical Jewish hate by the usual suspects. Malia should go live in Saudi Arabia or Iran and see how much freedom she has. Odd how Israel welcomes all people no matter what religion or if you happen to be straight or gay.

  • Pearl Belkowitz

    Really?? You expect an apology from her!? Wake up! The antisemites are coming out of the woodwork like cockaroaches!

  • Peter Joffe

    The ignorance of youth is so classically illustrated by Bouattia. It happens so often that someone who is suddenly placed in high office, thinks that he/she is blessed with wisdom. Wisdom comes with age and experience of which Bouattia has neither.

  • jgray1

    she looks stupid. sometimes that’s all you need to know is what you take away at face value.

  • Herb Grossman

    Most disturbing to me is the entreaty of Jewish official to the anti-Semite to spare the Jewish students. Bouattia should be denounced and vilified, not pleaded with by her victims’ obsequious representative.

  • richarddonna

    Bouattia is obviously comfortable throwing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr under the bus in order to promote her antisemitic agenda. In December 1967 with great wisdom and prescience, Dr. King said:”When people criticize Zionists, they mean Jews. You’re talking antisemitism “.
    Clearly Bouattia along with the late Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Haj Amin al-Husseini is promoting the same Final Solution for the Jewish people.

  • graylens

    Stop complaining about fear and being scared that merely encourages them. Form student defense groups like the old Hashomer groups. Protect yourselves. Beat them down once or twice and they will back down. In the 1970’s we did that to some neo nazis in western Connecticut, ,and in Jersey near Trenton NJ and the young lords and black panthers on the Lower East side in NYC

  • Hillel

    This woman is a predator, no question. Remember that the first ever parcel bomb was delivered by algerian women such as this one dressed as French women in an Algiers coffee shop in 1951 killing and injuring scores of French women enjoying lunch with their babies.