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'Israel as it behaves is problematic to me,' says new NUS president Malia Bouattia

By Naomi Firsht, April 26, 2016

The newly-elected National Union of Students president, Malia Bouattia, has avoided answering questions on Israel’s right to exist in her first television interview.

Questioned by Channel 4 News’s Cathy Newman, Ms Bouattia was asked whether she applied a double standard to the Jewish State.


Petition calls on Malia Bouattia to learn how to avoid antisemitic slurs

By Naomi Firsht, April 25, 2016

A pro-Israel organisation has launched a petition urging the National Union of Students president-elect Malia Bouattia to meet Jewish organisations to learn how to avoid “classic antisemitic tropes”.


Leading UJS officer rules out meetings with Malia Bouattia over fears they would be used to “improve her PR”

By Naomi Firsht, April 25, 2016

A senior officer of the Union of Jewish Students has attacked the new NUS president Malia Bouattia for using their meetings as a PR stunt.

UJS campaigns director Russell Langer met Ms Bouattia last week after she was elected at the NUS national conference.

But he has ruled out any further discussions after she wrote about the encounter in a Guardian article.


Outrage as leaflets denying the Holocaust distributed at two universities

By Naomi Firsht, April 22, 2016

Flyers promoting Holocaust denial were distributed at two Scottish universities this week.

A statement on Edinburgh University JSoc’s Facebook page said around 100 leaflets were found in campus buildings and on cars parked at the university.

The leaflets were quickly removed by members of Edinburgh University Student Association and the police notified.


Oxford students want to cut ties with NUS over Malia Bouattia

By Naomi Firsht, April 22, 2016

Students at Oxford University have added their voices to a growing list of institutions threatening to sever links to the National Union of Students following the election of Malia Bouattia as president.


Students call for links with NUS to be severed over Malia Bouattia’s election as president

By Naomi Firsht, April 21, 2016

Campaigns calling on students to cut ties with the National Union of Students have been launched at three universities, following the election of Malia Bouattia as NUS president.

Anti-Zionist Malia Bouattia was elected on Wednesday at the national conference in Brighton.

Students at Cambridge, Manchester and York universities have called for their unions to disassociate with the NUS.


Student leader made comments about ‘Zionist-led media’, video reveals

By Naomi Firsht, April 20, 2016

A National Union of Students presidential candidate has made a reference to the “Zionist-led media”, it has emerged.


Student leader loses votes in national union presidential race over comments on Zionists

By Naomi Firsht, April 19, 2016

Oxford University Students Union has said it will not vote for Malia Bouattia as president of the National Union of Students over concerns about her past comments about Zionists.


MPACUK spokesman hits out at 'power of the Zio lobby' on UK campuses

By Sandy Rashty, April 16, 2016

A representative of a controversial UK Muslim group has described an initiative led by Jewish society heads at campuses across the UK as indicative of the “Zio lobby”.

In a Facebook status posted on Saturday, Raza Nadim, spokesman for the London-based Muslim Public Affairs Council, which purports to “focus on non-violent jihad”, hit out against the “power of the Zio lobby”.


Jewish students tackle NUS presidency candidate over 'Zionist' comments

By Sandy Rashty, April 13, 2016

Jewish student leaders have called on an anti-Israel activist who is standing to be president of the National Union of Students to clarify her past comments on Zionists.

In an open letter to Malia Bouattia, who hopes to be elected next week, heads of Jewish Societies said they were “extremely concerned” by her remarks.