Controversial NUS president Malia Bouattia gave a gushing address to an anti-Israel group in Gaza, and claimed to “draw strength” from their struggle.
Bouattia, who leads the UK’s National Union of Students, has been repeatedly accused of anti-Semitism and famously failed to condemn ISIS. She spoke to activists via a video-link earlier this year:
The National Union of Students boss praised the efforts of the Palestinian Students Campaign for the Academic Boycott of Israel (PSCABI), which is based in Gaza and tied to anti-Israel figures who have supported violent struggle.
She spoke to the organisation in March.
NUS Blocks Jewish Students From Having Say on Who Represents Them https://t.co/VCkdLr2oG0 Malia Bouattia is a perfect future Corbynista MP
— Mr Bridger (@MrBridger_HMP) July 19, 2016
Shortly afterward she was elected to the top NUS job, and has systematically alienated the Jewish student community since.
In the minute-long video, Bouattia spoke of her commitment to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement and boasted of promoting the movement within the NUS – not long after the UK government banned public bodies from taking such positions.
PSCABI is a hub of the BDS movement, which was founded by Omar Barghouti, an anti-Israel activist whom the Israeli government has banned from entering the country.
He has made a string of controversial statements, including claims that Palestinians have a right to resist Israel by any means, “including armed resistance” because “Jews are not a people” and thus have no right to have their own country.
Mr. Barghouti also engaged in incitement of violence against the Jews and opposed the peace process between Palestine and Israel by saying: “definitely, most definitely we oppose a Jewish state in any part of Palestine. No Palestinian, rational Palestinian, not a sell-out Palestinian, will ever accept a Jewish state in Palestine”.
Heat Street contacted Bouattia to give her the opportunity to clarify her views, but has yet to receive a response.
Malia Bouattia ignored Heat Street’s request for a comment and to clarify whether she had any prior knowledge of the organisation’s co-founder’s views.
Bouattia has been accused of anti-Semitism before, and has repeatedly been challenged by Jewish student organisations.
She once slammed Birmingham University, her alma mater, for being “a Zionist outpost” due to the prevalence of the Jewish Society that is, according to her, dominated by “Zionist activists”.
In 2014, she appeared to endorse the violent struggle against Israel and ranted about “Zionist-led media”.
Complaints have continued while she was in office – most recently when she oversaw a change in the rules that stopped Jewish students choosing their own representative on the NUS’s Anti-Racism and Anti-Fascism committee.