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Muslim students in UK furious over pro-Palestine student union president sacking

Robert Carter

Press TV, London

Islamophobia scandal now threatens a British student union following anger over the sacking of its female Muslim president amid allegations of anti-Semitism.

Shaima Dallali was elected president of the National Union of Students in March. Dallali was initially hailed for being the first ever black Muslim female to take up the post, however, she was suspended from the role in July amid an investigation into anti-Israel comments she made up to 10 years prior to her election.

Including a 2012 tweet in which Ms Dallali wrote: “Khaybar Khaybar O Jews… Muhammad’s army will return Gaza.” A tweet she has since apologised for.

Dallali expressed further fury as the news of her sacking after she discovered the news on Twitter. Shared by a pro-Israel newspaper who may have been leaked the story prior to the NUS updating Mrs Dallali. In response, Dallali has vowed to fight the outcome via a pending legal challenge, alleging discriminatory treatment.

Mrs Dallali's sacking has sparked furious anger across the British Muslim community. Who believe this is gross censorship of pro-Palestine activism.

This could get ugly for the NUS as Dallali plans to a fightback. The NUS prides itself on being inclusive to all and accommodating students free speech, however, it now needs to prove that is the case amid accusations of Islamophobic treatment of its first ever black Muslim president.

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