Written by Student Rights on 17 June 2016 at 5am

Daily Express: Muslim student president claims Islamic youngsters join ISIS because of Government cuts

By Jack Fenwick

17th June 2016

The first Muslim female president of the National Union of Students (NUS) has claimed Government cuts are the reason young British Muslims join the Islamic State.

Malia Bouattia said young people in Britain have “no choice but to go off to Syria” because they “feel so disempowered”.

The outspoken 28-year-old has previously refused to condemn ISIS since she was elected as president of the NUS in April.

And the controversial student leader has now claimed that the closure of youth centres, coupled with “the fact that education is being privatised and rendered inaccessible”, is the reason more than 800 British citizens have travelled to Syria and Iraq to join groups such as ISIS.

Her bizarre attack, which was made during a debate at University College London, has been widely derided by other student groups.