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May 1, 2017 2:13 pm

Controversial UK Student Leader Ends Term as NUS President With Shout of ‘Free, Free Palestine’

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NUS President Malia Bouattia. Photo: Facebook.

Malia Bouattia completed her controversy-dogged term as UK National Union of Students (NUS) president with a tear-filled farewell speech that ended in a shout of “Free, Free Palestine.”

Bouattia — who lost her bid for reelection last week in an unexpected trouncing by Shakira Martin, a development much celebrated by local Jewish groups — gave her closing remarks on Thursday, the final day of this year’s annual NUS national conference.

Bouattia counted the mainstreaming of anti-Israel views within Britain’s student movement as one of the three most consequential campaigns during her tenure, a pet project within her devotion to the greater “liberation movement.”

Also in her speech, Bouattia took credit for leading a “program of actions to tackle all forms of hate crime, including the most wide-ranging series of actions to tackle antisemitism in NUS’s history.” Throughout her time as NUS head, Bouattia — who recently attended a “Palestine Conference” backed in part by a Hamas-apologist — was repeatedly criticized and condemned, including in an official governmental report, for ignoring the problem of antisemitism on campuses.

Bouattia further claimed that she had faced “unprecedented” resistance as president, including harassment, hatred and death threats, which led her “to conclude that, within the context of growing Islamophobia, there are those who would not accept a progressive, Muslim woman of color in a position of power.”

Responding to Bouattia’s speech, Jewish Leadership Council chief executive Simon Johnson tweeted sarcastically: “What diplomacy! I wish her a happy retirement.”

Martin, Bouattia’s successor, is a black single mother of two who is perceived as having made an effort to connect with the Jewish community — including by attending the Union of Jewish Students (UJS) annual awards dinner last month and traveling to both Israel and Poland (ahead of Holocaust Remembrance Day) with UJS.

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  • Maurice Solovitz

    We should have been asking how a white woman – or if she really takes exception to that conclusion, then an Arab woman could have been elected to the black student caucus which is what she ran on, in the first place in order to be elected as President of the NUS. To be frank, I am regarded as non-white by my local surgery. Being Jewish means that I am not quite there so “something else”. If there is a conspiracy then we should be asking how it is possible that she was elected to the black caucus in the first place, and is this the way to control the narrative to exclude any criticism of the Arab-Muslim world for its control of the slave trade and its inquisition-like attack on Jewish freedom of expression (unless by Jewish Uncle Toms) in the Universities.

  • dante

    I am not one of those who makes an issue of a person’s appearance or of her moral and intellectual infirmities. suffice it to say, in the case at hand, the infirmities are massive and they are aggravated by an aggressive determination to nurture the ignorance and hatred from which they developed.

  • Hard Little Machine

    What is she moving on to? Hamas, women’s division?

  • Justice Not Propaganda

    Don’t let the door hit you on the way out. Here’s hoping the scumbag fades off into oblivion and is never seen or heard from again.