Second British university cuts ties with student union over anti-Israel president

The campus of Newcastle University. Credit: Sarah Cossom via Wikimedia Commons.

( The United Kingdom’s Newcastle University became the second school to cut ties with the country’s National Union of Students (NUS) following the election of an anti-Israel president.

On Thursday, Newcastle University’s student union voted in favor of disaffiliating with the NUS in a two-thirds majority vote. The disaffiliation vote came just days after the student union at the U.K.’s Lincoln University also voted in favor of leaving the NUS. 

The decision by the two schools follows the April 21 election of Malia Bouattia as president of the NUS. Bouattia, who is a Muslim, has said that boycotts against Israel should come in conjunction with “Palestinian resistance.” She has also criticized her alma mater, Birmingham University, for being a “Zionist outpost in higher education,” lamenting that it has “the largest Jsoc (Jewish student society) in the country,” The Telegraph reported.

Additionally, she has opposed a motion condemning the Islamic State terror group over fear that the motion would increase Islamophobia. 

“It is clear that our students feel that the NUS no longer represents their views, does not prioritize correctly, and is not effective at achieving change,” said Dominic Fearon, president of the Newcastle student union, according to The Telegraph

Posted on May 13, 2016 .