U.K. Student Union Ousts President and Israel Critic Malia Bouattia

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Malia Bouattia, head of  United Kingdom's National Union of Students (NUS).
Malia Bouattia, head of United Kingdom's National Union of Students (NUS).Credit: Facebook

Malia Bouattia, the controversial president of the United Kingdom's student union umbrella organization, lost her bid to be reelected on Wednesday. 

Bouattia, the National Union of Students (NUS) outgoing president, was found guilty of misconduct after a 2015 internal investigation into allegedly anti-Semitic comments she made during a speech. She had been outspoken in her support for Palestinian "resistance" and in her criticism of Israel.

Shakira Martin, who previously held the position of Vice President of Further Education, won the election, and will replace Bouattia.

“I want to put the NUS back into the hands of its membership and send the message to the heart of the government about what students want,” Martin told the Independent.

The Union of Jewish Student's "extended heartfelt congratulations" to Martin, saying it was "grateful that NUS will soon be led once again by a capable leader who is genuinely committed to ensuring that the student movement stands up for all its members."

The group added that "Following Shakira’s recent work with UJS, which included a trip to Poland ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day this year, we look forward to seeing her continue to prioritise the interests and welfare of Jewish students amongst all students as NUS National President. We wish her the very best in her new role."

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