Written by Student Rights on 20 April 2016 at 11am

The Telegraph: Malia Bouattia elected NUS President after causing controversy over 'anti-Semitism and refusing to condemn Isil'

By Andrew Gilligan 

20th April 2016

A woman who blocked attempts to condemn Isil, attacked “Zionist-led media outlets” and suggested that violent “resistance” is the way forward in Palestine has been elected the next leader of Britain’s seven million students.

Malia Bouattia won 50.9 per cent of the vote to become president of the National Union of Students, defeating the moderate incumbent, Megan Dunn.

She won despite an open letter from almost 50 Jewish student leaders saying they were “extremely concerned” by her views amid rising extremism and anti-Semitism on campus.

In her previous role as a member of the NUS’s executive committee, Ms Bouattia blocked the union from passing a motion condemning Isil, calling it “Islamophobic.”

In a recent talk, she dismissed the threat of “so-called terrorism” in the UK and blamed Government anti-terrorism policy on a “Zionist and neo-con lobby.”