Malia Bouattia elected NUS President after causing controversy over ‘anti-Semitism and refusing to condemn Isil’

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Originally published in The Telegraph.

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.

Rupert Sutton, of Student Rights, a group which fights extremism on campus, said: “Bouattia has been an integral part of a campaign working alongside extremists to undermine counter-radicalisation policy on campuses.  The access to student audiences this campaign has given extremist groups will now only increase.”

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