UK college cuts ties with student union over leader's anti-Israel stance

By JTA
May 13, 2016 21:00

 
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Newcastle University became the second British institution of higher learning that cut its ties with the National Union of Students following the election of a Muslim who supports boycotting Israel and Palestinian resistance to the Jewish state.

The decision that disaffiliates Newcastle University from the union passed Thursday by a two-thirds majority of 1,469 voters, which constituted a turnout of only 6 percent, The Chronicle Live news site reported.

The vote by the student union of Newcastle University follows another disaffiliation vote earlier this month by Lincoln University from the National Union of Students, or NUS, after the election last month of Malia Bouattia as its president. She has described Birmingham University as a “Zionist outpost,” giving speeches against the “Zionist-led media.” She also said boycotts against Israel should come in addition to “Palestinian resistance” - a phrase widely understood to mean violence. She also opposed a motion condemning the Islamic State terrorist group, claiming doing so would fuel Islamophobia.

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