BARMY students have elected a young politician who refused to condemn ISIS as their union’s president, The Sun reports. Radical Malia Bouattia was elected head of the National Union of Students despite her controversial track record.
Back in 2014, Bouattia led a revolt by students against a motion to condemn the Islamic terrorist group responsible for countless atrocities – including the beheading of dozens of Western hostages.
“She would not enjoy the same freedom if she were to visit the IS.” Daniel Cooper, who proposed it, called it “bewildering”, adding: “This says a lot about the current state of the student movement.”
While the counter-extremist Quilliam Foundation said: “The inability to condemn terrorist organisations is sad.” But despite her astonishing stance, she took 372 votes at the NUS’ National Conference, beating her nearest rival by 44 votes.
The current NUS Black Students’ Officer was recently accused of anti-Semitism by fellow students. Brainbox Oxford students rounded on Bouattia over accusations she posted an anti-Jewish essay online in 2011.
An article written under her name described the University of Birmingham as a “Zionist outpost in British higher education”.